Jose Mojica Hacienda
La Finca de Nuestra Senora de Guadalupe Research Institute, 1979
560-566 East Channel Road
Architect: Merrill Baird,
Spanish Colonial Revival
Large residential property composed of four parcels. The front of the property, 560 to 566 East Channel Road, displays a carved wooden gate across the driveway reading “La Finca de Nuestra Senora de Guadalupe.” Adjacent to the driveway, there is a one-story Spanish style building with brick construction, clay tile roof, and steel casement windows. The back of the property, 561 to 565 Dryad Road, displays a brick garden wall with a carved wooden entrance gate flanked by brick piers and a clay tile roof above. A one- story Spanish style building, with stucco cladding, wood windows, and clay tile roof, is visible beyond the garden wall. Additional buildings on the property are not visible from the public right-of-way.
This property contains the Jose Mojica Hacienda, originally constructed in 1929 for the Mexican opera star. The hacienda now houses the “La Senora Research Institute” established by Tish Nettleship. Nettleship purchased the property in 1976 and established the Institute, which focuses on research and preservation of the former Mexican Land Grant of the Rancho Boca de Santa Monica, on which Hacienda Mojica was built. The property is an excellent example of Spanish Colonial Revival residential architecture designed by noted Glendale architect Merrill Baird in 1929. The property contains a chapel, and additional buildings, some of which may date to as early as the 1890s. SurveyLA – LA Historic Resources Survey