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The Ortega-Price Tri-Gable Adobe


The adobe site is adjacent to Price Anniversary House, but is separated by a property line
and the city-county boundary.

When John and Andrea Price moved their family to Pismo they chose the Price Canyon location because there was an adobe already there. A one-room adobe had been built by Jose Ortega in 1840. A second
2-room adobe was built parallel to it, by either Ortega or Price. Price enclosed the adobes and the space between them in a wood frame house with three gables and a fireplace with a brick chimney. Children’s bedrooms occupied the upstairs gable rooms. In 1856 he built a two-story adobe next to the house, hired a school teacher, and had a school in the upstairs room of the two-story adobe.

Members of the Price family resided in the adobe complex until 1912. The two-story school house adobe collapsed sometime after 1970, and in 1989 fire destroyed the wooden portion of the tri-gable adobe complex. 

Portions of the original adobe walls remain today. Friends of Price House and the City of Pismo Beach hope to add the historic adobe site to Price Historical Park.

© 2008 by Effie McDermott on behalf of Friends of Price House, Inc.

Historical composition or photos may not be used for commercial purposes without permission of the author.
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