Fading History -- Vandals Pillage Don Joaquin's Adobe

The bronze markers are gone. The windows are down. And now the vandals are chipping away at the Gold Rush-era adobe brick itself.


History lovers and Friends of the Joaquin Moraga Adobe Kent Long and Bobbie Landers visited the historic home of Lamorinda's pioneer settler recently and were shocked by what they found.

The placed by the state and city of Orinda are all long gone, probably sold for scrap and thrown into the smelter. Vandals have moved inside and embarked on a campaign of steady destruction -- removing doors and windows and tagging the walls with graffiti proclaiming the new, intended purpose of the 160-year-old structure: party house.

More disturbing to Long and Landers -- and possibly to anyone else who loves local history -- the barbarians have cut into the surface wood set in place to protect the original mud bricks of the adobe and started to chip into the walls themselves.

Why? Who knows. Apparently the last round of partiers to visit the site were heard by a local resident and reported (big Patch "thumbs up" to the homeowner). Their party, at least, was brought to a screeching halt. But there have been others, as the photos plainly show.

Danielle April 15, 2012 at 01:56 AM
This shouldn't be this hard... Motion sensor on the property alerts a nearby homeowner or the police. Homeowner calls the police or makes the trespassers know they are being watched. Developer pays something to restore the adobe, get rid of that sickly graffiti, homeowners pay a little something to help when they buy and the friends group passes the hat amongst the community. Put me down for $100 any day. The "knock it down" people are blind.
Susan Harris April 15, 2012 at 02:20 AM
I am concerned about the vandalism of the Moraga Adobe caused by OrindaCa citizens. They are most likely students at Miramonte High School. I believe parents need to encourage their teenagers to become aware of their actions and for our local teenagers to become involved in protecting a valuable local historic site.
natalie johns April 15, 2012 at 09:19 PM
Agree. I would also be in for $100 to save this piece of our history.
My Kids Dad April 16, 2012 at 06:05 AM
Now if we just get 15,000 more people to signup, maybe there will be enough to buy and restore the property to preserve it. however, without a substantial endowment to maintain it, it will likely end up in the same condition in another 20 years unless someone is living in it, and maintaining it properly.
Jeanne Dowell October 25, 2012 at 06:37 PM
Put me down for $100. I say SAVE IT!!!! Jeanne dowell, Orinda


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