Historic Properties


Several architectural treasures of the Monterey National Historic District were saved from the wrecking ball by Monterey History & Art Association. Some remain under the care of our organization, available to the public for tours, research, or your own private event.


412 Pacific Street | Open Saturdays, 2-4pm
Built 1843-Saved 1959
Open to the public on Saturdays, and also available for special event rental. Casa Serrano has lived many lives: home, schoolhouse, Italian restaurant! It has a special significance in California’s early history because it served simultaneously as one of the first schools after the U.S. flag was flown over the Custom House in 1846. Serrano was the teacher, and was also mayor of Monterey. MHAA was born here, in discussions over heaping plates of Cadematori’s spaghetti.


155 Van Buren Street | Open Wed., Fri., Sat. & Sun., 1:30-3:45pm
Built 1876-Saved 1970
Open to the public during limited weekly hours. The Mayo Hayes O’Donnell Library was originally the Saint James Episcopal Church, built in the California Gothic style by the Reverend James S. McGowan in 1876. It stood on Pacific Street near the Merritt House, until it was moved to avoid demolition. John Steinbeck’s son, Thom, was baptized in the church in 1945, and it is thought that Saint James’s was the church referred to in John Steinbeck’s book To a God Unknown. Today it houses an extensive collection of rare California history archives.


177 Van Buren Street
Built 1852-Saved 1969
Doud House is one of the best surviving examples of a local wooden house of the early American Period. It was built by Francis Doud, an Irish-born soldier who served in Florida and Mexico under General Riley. Riley was eventually appointed the military governor of California, and Doud met up with his old commander in 1849, when he brought his wife, Anna Kenna Doud, and their son to Monterey.