William Workman, 1851
F.P.F. Temple & wife Antonia MargaritaThe above photo shows Antonia Margarita Workman de Temple (center) who was the wife of F.P.F. Temple (not shown) and was taken in 1870.
There was a Koi pond next to the cemetery that had some lovely blooming water lilies.
Workman house (left)
Workman house (right)The 1870 Workman house was constructed around the original 1840s three-room adobe home.
Historical marker: "In 1841, William Workman and John Rowland left Taos, New Mexico, to lead the first Southern California bound overland expedition that included American and European immigrants. Shortly after arriving, Workman and Rowland acquired from the Mexican Government the 48,790 acre Rancho La Puente. It was on the current Homestead site that the Workmans built an adobe residence. The family raised cattle until the 1860s drought, after which they grew wheat and grapes. In 1872, Los Angeles architect E.F. Kysor remodeled the Workman house incorporating elements of popular mid-nineteenth century architectural styles."
Since there was no refrigeration in the early 1800s, cattle raising was for the tallow (used in candles) and hides (leather), the meat was discarded.
There were very few displays inside the Workman house.
Front door La Casa Nueva
La Casa Nueva is a 1920s Spanish Revival mansion built by Workmans grandson, Walter Temple and his wife Laure.
Back view La Casa Nueva
The music room has several stain glass portraits of noted composers.
The sitting room has a unique stain glass showing where they obtained their wealth.
Many of the rooms had religious depictions in the stain glass.
By the 1930s the Temple family was having financial problems that caused them to leave the Homestead. The grounds were used as a Military Academy which failed as the Great Depression worsened. From the 1930s to the 1960s the site was a Sanitarium owned by the Brown family. In 1975, the City of Industry purchased the property and began major restorations. The museum was open in May of 1981.
This youtube link gives an overview of the history and shows the interior of the houses: The Homestead Museum Overview
The visitors center has a humors display on the scandalous adoption of women proposing to men during leap year. Read about it here: Womans Privilege - Leap Year Exhibit
You can also use this link to view details of the interior of the houses:
Homestead Museum Panoramic Images