Martina Castro’s Legacy in Capitola: The Averon House

Averon-Lodge House, Castro Mansion is at 919 Capitola Avenue. Photo courtesy of Capitola Historical Museum.

Averon-Lodge House, Castro Mansion is at 919 Capitola Avenue. Photo courtesy of Capitola Historical Museum.

Maria Averon built the Averon House in 1877 near the Soquel River and present-day Bay Avenue and Porter Street ramp off Highway 1, in Capitola, California. The house was built on land granted to Martina Castro in the 1830s and ‘40s by Governor José Figueroa through a Mexican land grant. In 1850, after her husband passed away, she divided the more than 35,000 acres among herself and her eight children. One of those heirs was her daughter Maria Guadalupe Averon, who cared for Martina until her death in the Averon home in 1890.

The Averon House today is between the Capitola Mansion Apartments and Highway 1 blocked by a giant cement wall.

The Averon House today is between the Capitola Mansion Apartments and Highway 1 blocked by a giant cement wall. Photo: © Mobile Ranger.

In 1884, the Averon House was moved to where it sits today. Although it is behind the Capitola Mansion Apartments, it remains partially visible from the street. It was rescued from demolition in the mid-1970s through the efforts of local historical societies in Soquel, Capitola, and Santa Cruz.

The Averon House is now the building for rental inquiries for the surrounding apartments. Photo: © Mobile Ranger.

The Averon House is now the building for rental inquiries for the surrounding apartments. Photo: © Mobile Ranger.

Read the rest of the story to see what the Averon House has to do with the neighboring Camellia Tea House, at mobileranger.com.

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Julia Gaudinski


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