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Landmarked Adobe Home in La Verne, California, on Sale for $1.98

A historic adobe home near Pomona, California, the subject of Milford Zorne's 1934 watercolor painting “Old Adobe,” will soon hit the market for $1.98 million, Mansion Global can report.

The landmarked home, called La Casa de Carrion, was built in 1868 for Saturnino Carrion on the sprawling land of Rancho San Jose, owned by his uncle Ygnacio Palomares, the last Mexican governor of Los Angeles. The home was added to California's Register of Historic Buildings in 1945 and restored in 1951.

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Located on a 9,000-square-foot lot in La Verne, not far from Pomona, the two-bedroom home has retained its original charm. Warm wood floors, high beamed ceilings and 22-inch-thick adobe walls provide natural cooling and heating, according to Pat Cochran of Coldwell Banker Realty, who is marketing the property.

The seller, who has owned the home for over 21 years, has retrofitted it with necessary modern amenities, such as a new heating system, earthquake protection and a completely new kitchen.

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“It was really a labor of love for her,” Cochran said. “She has a beautiful vegetable garden. The adobe house is immaculate inside, the kitchen is state-of-the-art, so you have the best of both worlds.”

The L-shaped home has a sloped metal shingle roof that extends beyond the exterior walls to create a shaded patio or walkway along the side of the house. It also includes an addition, as well as a detached two-car garage and a manicured vegetable garden on the grounds, along with several seating areas.

The large lot offers numerous possibilities for future owners and, according to Cochran, offers the opportunity to hold events, artist gatherings or more private family gatherings.

As early as 1934, the house inspired Zornes, who painted it in a work entitled “Old Adobe” that was exhibited in Washington, DC. It was then discovered by Elearnor Roosevelt, who added it to the White House collection. It was later given to the Smithsonian American Art Museum, which now owns the painting in its collection. A marker on the house indicates its historical significance.

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Rancho San Jose, which was deeded to Palomares and his business partner Ricardo Vejar by the Mexican government in the 1830s, originally included a large portion of the San Gabriel Valley. Today the land includes the communities of Pomona, La Verne, San Dimas, Covina and more. Palomares' own home in Pomona, Adobe de Palomares, is also a designated landmark that has been converted into a museum.

The house is now owned by Kirsten Garibay, a retired local teacher who bought it with her husband in 2001 for $414,000. When they bought it, the land around the house was undeveloped, giving the house a “rancho character,” Garibay told La Verne Magazine in 2005. Today, most of the property is used by La Verne University and a city recreation center. Garibay did not respond to a request for comment in time for publication.