The oldest standing building in Los Angeles, built in 1818. Avila Adobe is open to the public as a museum and is furnished as it might have appeared in the late 1840s.
This home lays claim to "the oldest house in Los Angeles," and it probably is! It was built in 1818 and is a true adobe with walls about 2 feet thick. It is smack dab in the middle of Olvera Street and it was delightful to tour it for free on our recent visit.
Each room is set up as it may have looked in the early 1800s with tools, furniture, and rancher gear of the time period. It is all roped off but was very easy for my kids to see. There were only peek-views about a doors-width into the bedrooms, which could make it difficult on a crowded day or with school groups. I took the time to talk to my kids about the things they saw (no electricity, how it was heated, no running water, how clothes were stored, no toys, etc) and I think I prevented some guests from seeing into the rooms because we stood there so long. I can imagine it being much more crowded on a weekend.
Definitely worth a visit. Took us about 15-20 minutes total to view.