#0071 Casa de Machado


#0071 Casa de Machado

Site information:

2734 Calhoun St, Old Town, San Diego (this is the address given by OHP - I believe the correct location is San Diego Ave, near Telegraph Way)


There are four Casas with the name "Machado" attached to them in Old Town. One is the Casa de Machado y Stewart, which is landmark #73. It is somewhat unclear which of the other three Machado casas this landmark (#71) is intended for. However, all the information I have found indicates the Machado y Silvas home is the correct adobe, including the fact that the park sign indicates it was dedicated as a CHL in 1932.

The address given by the OHP above is for a Juan Machado house (not Jose Manuel), and does not seem to be the correct one.  I took photos of all of them.

Photos 1-2 are of the Machado y Silvas casa, photos 3-4 are of the Machado y Worthington casa, and 5-7 are of the Casa de Machado site, which is now a restaurant. All sites are located on Old Town Plaza.

Plaque information:

No plaque, but there are informational signs.

Sign text:

1843 Small adobe built by Machado family for daughter Maria Antonia and husband Jose Antonio Nacasio Silvas.

1854 Home enlarged and adapted for use as Commercial Restaurant; later renamed Antonia Restaurant.

1932 Listed as California Historical Landmark.

1942 Opened as Machado Memorial Chapel.

1975 Rehabilitated by California State Parks as house museum.

OHP description:

This adobe house, constructed about 1832 by Jose Manuel Machado, pioneer leatherjacket soldier of the Spanish Army who arrived at San Diego Presidio about 1782, is now used as a community church.

Registered 12/6/1932