ENCINO: After an earthquake 13 years ago forced its closure, de la Ossa Adobe at Los Encinos State Historic Park is once again open to the public.
Staff and docents welcomed visitors with an opening celebration featuring refurbished rooms, new interpretive displays and video, and period dances led by the Yesteryears Dancers.
Over the past year, BANG! Creative, working under the direction and supervision of the California State Parks has designed and developed the various 9 room interpretive experiences. The improvements include new historically based interior paint schemes, new motion sensitive lighting, historic furnishings and vignettes.
One of the more unique rooms features exposed adobe block and construction shoring left intack from the salvage efforts after the earthquake. Visitors can view a new 7-minute video that showcases news footage, preservation and restoration efforts that resulted in the discovery of authentic faux murals and wall treatments now on display.
Free guided tours of the adobe are available Saturday and Sunday at 2 p.m., or by reservation.