Oldest Building in California


Pictures of Mission San Juan Capistrano from today (left) to past times–midde and right

  • OLDEST BUILDING: Mission San Juan Capistrano is believed to contain the oldest surviving building in California. The Serra Chapel was built in 1782.
  • OLDEST THEATER: California’s First Theatre in Monterey State Historic Park was built by Jack Swan in 1846-47 as a lodging house and tavern for sailors.
  • OLDEST TREE IN THE WORLD: 5,063 year Great Basin bristlecone pine in White Mountains, California
  • SECOND OLDEST BUILDING: El Presidio de Santa Barbara State Historic Park

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