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#4, San Gabriel Arcángel

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El Molino Viejo (The Old Mill)

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El Molino Viejo (The Old Mill)
El Molino Viejo (The Old Mill) was built about 1816 as a gristmill. It was the first water-powered gristmill in Southern California and may be the oldest commercial structure in Southern California. El Molino Viejo was one of the buildings supporting Mission San Gabriel Arcángel. Like most mission buildings, it was built by the Gabrielino Native American Indians under the supervision of Spanish padres. In 1823, a new grist mill was built next to the mission and this structure became known as the old mill. In1846, Pio Pico (the last Mexican governor of California) sold the Mission lands, including the old mill, to William Workman and Hugo Reid. The mill passed through the hands of a number of families until the City of San Marino acquired it in 1962.

The same builder, Joseph Chapman, also built the grist mills at Mission Santa Ines in 1820.

The El Molino Viejo (The Old Mill) is a California State Historical Landmark owned by the City of San Marino. The Old Mill is open 1 - 4pm daily, closed Mondays and holidays. El Molino Viejo is located at 1120 Old Mill Road, California.
Back of El Molino Viejo
Back.
Front of El Molino Viejo
Front.
Side of El Molino Viejo
Side.
Side of El Molino Viejo
Side.
Fountain
Fountain.
Front of El Molino Viejo
Front.
Door
Door.
Door
Door.
El Molino Viejo
Covered area.
Front facade, generally on the south side.

Front facade, generally on the south side.
Front facade, generally on the south side.
Side facade, generally on the east side.
Side facade, generally on the east side.
Side facade, generally on the east side. With pomegranate.

Side facade. Note the patio where special events can be held.

Side facade, generally on the east side.

Window in back wall.

End, opposite the front, generally the north side.

Garden.

Gate.

Bench.

Fountain.

These volcanic Tufa mill stones were used in the upper level of the mill to mill grain. For many years they were lost until found on the grounds of Huntington Library and returned.

Small shaded structure.

Ceiling.
Caretaker House.
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