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Campo de Cahuenga
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Campo de Cahuenga
Campo de Cahuenga is located in the Los Angeles metropolitan area
Campo de Cahuenga
Location in the Los Angeles metropolitan area
Campo de Cahuenga is located in California
Campo de Cahuenga
Location in California
Campo de Cahuenga is located in the United States
Campo de Cahuenga
Location in the United States
Location 3919 Lankershim Blvd.
Studio City, California 91604
Built 1847
Architect Landon and Spencer
Architectural style Mission Revival-Spanish Colonial Revival
NRHP reference No. 72001602
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Added to NRHP December 19, 2003

The Campo de Cahuenga, near the historic Cahuenga Pass in present-day Studio City, California, was an adobe ranch house on the Rancho Cahuenga where the Treaty of Cahuenga was signed between Lieutenant Colonel John C. Frémont and General Andrés Pico in 1847, ending hostilities in California between Mexico and the United States. The subsequent Treaty of Guadalupe Hidalgo of 1848, ceding California, parts of Colorado, Nevada, New Mexico, and Arizona (but not Texas since it had seceded from Mexico in 1836, declared itself a republic, and joined the union in 1845) to the United States, formally ended the Mexican–American War. From 1858 to 1861 the Campo de Cahuenga became a Butterfield Stage Station.

Campo cahuenga postcard
Tinted postcard of the original adobe ranch house, with Cahuenga Peak in the background.
Campo de cahuenga pavement
Decorative pavement marks the location of the original adobe structure, which faced toward the upper left.
Campo de cahuenga original adobe foundation
The foundation of the original adobe at Campo de Cahuenga.


The original adobe structure was demolished in 1900. The city of Los Angeles provided funds for the purchase of the property in 1923, and a Mission Revival and Spanish Colonial Revival style replica "adobe" ranch house was built by the city following an effort led by Irene T. Lindsay, then President of the San Fernando Valley Historical Society, and dedicated on November 2, 1950. It is now a park and interpretive center managed by the City of Los Angeles's Department of Recreation and Parks in partnership with the Campo de Cahuenga Historical Memorial Association. Campo de Cahuenga is registered on the National Register of Historic Places, as California Historical Landmark No. 151, and as Los Angeles Historic-Cultural Monument No. 29.

The foundations of the original adobe were unearthed beneath Lankershim Boulevard during construction of the Metro B Line subway. The parts of the foundations within the park are preserved as an exhibit, and the "footprint" of the foundations under the street and sidewalk is marked by decorative pavement.

Campo de Cahuenga is often confused with the nearby Rancho Cahuenga, an inholding within the Rancho Providencia land grant, now part of Burbank.

The building is used by various organizations for special programs and regular meetings, and it is open with a docent on the first Saturday of each month, from 12:00 PM to 4:00 PM.

California Historical Landmark

California Historical Landmark Marker No. 151 at the site reads:

  • NO. 151 CAMPO DE CAHUENGA - 'Here was made the Treaty of Cahuenga by General Andrés Pico, commanding forces for Mexico, and Lieutenant-Colonel J. C. Frémont, U.S. Army, for the United States. By this treaty, agreed upon January 13th, 1847, the United States acquired California - finally secured to us by the treaty of Guadalupe Hidalgo, made February 2nd, 1848.' This legend was written February 9, 1898 by Mrs. Jessie Benton Frémont.
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