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Rancho Nipomo Dana Adobe

For Dana Adobe Nipomo Amigos

In 2013, the Hind Foundation granted $160,000 to Dana Adobe Nipomo Amigos (DANA) for the restoration and development of Rancho Nipomo Dana Adobe Living Historical Park. The Dana Adobe, constructed in 1837, is California’s best example of a Mexican era adobe with an intact and permanently protected viewshed and cultural landscape. The grant matched support from the California Cultural and Historical Endowment grant allowing DANA to protect and complete restoration of the Dana Adobe making it available for public interpretation. The restoration was necessary to prevent future damage from moisture, weather, and rodents, and to prevent potential collapse in the case of an earthquake. 

Noteworthy Outcomes
•    Shared Culture & History
The grant leveraged DANA’s resources to fully restore the kitchen, dining room, milking room, storage room and courtyard, which provide important opportunities to showcase the daily lives of women, children and workers, ensuring this critical example of California’s multicultural history will be fully available to the public.

•    Capitlized on Cash Flow 
Since State grants functioned on a reimbursement basis, they tied up DANA’s limited resources for an extended period of time. Hind Foundation's support allowed DANA to continue making full strides to meet deadlines and not risk losing this valuable funding due to cash flow limitations.

•    Safety First
Prior to restoration, the problems were impacting thirty percent of the historical structure. The facility is now safe and available for public interpretation. 

Area of Funding: Historical Landmark Restoration
Type of Funding: Standard Grant
Amount Funded: $160,000
Year Funded: 2012
Year Completed: 2012

About the Organization
Dana Adobe Nipomo Amigos
671 S. Oakglen Avenue
Nipomo, CA 93444

To restore and preserve the historic Dana Adobe (Casa de Dana) and promote the development of Rancho Nipomo Historical Park as a means of enhancing knowledge and understanding of California’s Rancho era, and to encourage an appreciation of the many peoples who contributed to that era's influence on the present and future of California, and to demonstrate the inter-dependent nature of the site’s ecosystems and human economies over time.