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U� City Council Memorandum <br />City 4"Arts & Innovation <br />TO: HONORABLE MAYOR AND CITY COUNCIL DATE: APRIL 3, 2012 <br />FROM: RIVERSIDE METROPOLITAN MUSEUM ITEM NO: 8 <br />SUBJECT: TRUJILLO ADOBE SITE ASSESSMENT SUMMARY <br />ISSUE: <br />That the City Council receive the site assessment summary of the Trujillo Adobe property. <br />RECOMMENDATION <br />That the City Council receive the site assessment summary of the Trujillo Adobe property and <br />provide direction to the City Manager as deemed necessary. <br />BACKGROUND <br />At the December 13, 2011 City Council meeting, descendants of the Trujillo family and <br />representatives from the Old Spanish Trail organization presented information on the Trujillo <br />adobe structure and expressed concerns with the current state of the Trujillo Adobe. They <br />requested the City Council to consider acquiring the site and help preserve the history for the <br />community. Following their comments, Councilmember Andy Melendrez requested staff conduct <br />an assessment and report their findings to City Council. <br />In fulfillment of its public trust, the Riverside Metropolitan Museum (RMM) serves as steward of <br />collections which include personal property and real property. The RMM is currently responsible <br />for the stewardship of three historic sites: 1) the National Historic Landmark Harada House; 2) the <br />National Register Main Museum; and 3) the National Register Heritage House. This preliminary <br />assessment of the Trujillo Adobe was completed by RMM staff in consultation with the City's <br />Historic Preservation Officer and Building Official. The following is a summary of their <br />observations and findings: <br />Trujillo Adobe History <br />La Placita de los Trujillos, established in 1845, on the easterly bank of the Santa Ana River was <br />the earliest community in what became Riverside County. It was founded by a diverse group of <br />New Mexicans led by Lorenzo Trujillo. In 1846, settlers arrived from New Mexico and established <br />the community of Agua Mansa on the westerly bank of the Santa Ana River. The two communities <br />became known as San Salvador, named after the Catholic parish priest whose church was located <br />in Agua Mansa. The great flood of 1862 destroyed all the adobe homes in the two communities. <br />After the flood, a descendent of Lorenzo Trujillo (who had died in 1855) built the Trujillo Adobe <br />(Adobe). <br />• <br />