The Don Francisco Galindo House, known locally as the Galindo House and Gardens, is a house built in 1856 in Concord, California in the 19th century by Francisco Galindo and his wife, Maria Dolores Manuela (Pacheco) Galindo, daughter of Rancho Monte del Diablo's grant-holder Salvio Pacheco.
The house is one of Contra Costa County's few remaining Victorian ranch houses. It underwent major remodeling in 1875, resulting in an expanded basement, first floor, and second floor. Around this time, Juan "John" Galindo, the eldest son of Francisco and Maria, and his bride, Marina "Sarah" (Amador) Galindo, moved into the building. After Frederick and Catherine (Hittman) Galindo, the eldest child of Juan and Marina were married in 1911, the title was passed to the next generation.
The house was maintained by her daughters, Harold, Ruth, and Leonora, following the death of Catherine Galindo in 1966. The last direct descendant of the family, Ruth Galindo, lived at home until her death in December 1999. With the distribution of the estate of Ruth Galindo, the house and its surrounding land of approximately 1.5 acres (6,100 m2) were deeded to the City of Concord to be maintained as a museum and park for public use.
In October 2001, the City of Concord adopted a Master Plan for the Galindo Building, prepared by the historic architectural preservation firm Page & Turnbull of San Francisco, including a Museum Operating Plan, following a series of public workshops and meetings.
In September 2010, the City of Concord passed ownership of the Galindo House and land to the Concord Historical Society, which spent the next two years renovating the house and opening it to the public in 2012.
The Society relocated the Masonic Temple of the town (which was dedicated in October 1928) from its location at 1765 Galindo St. to the property of the Galindo Building, facing Clayton Lane, in May 2013, to become part of the historical resource center and meeting facility of the Society.
This hidden gem in Concord, California is located near some other must-see places of interest:
- Markham Nature Park & Arboretum
- Don Fernando Pacheco Adobe
- Historical Eichler Homes of Concord
- Salvio Pacheco Square
- Port Chicago Naval Magazine National Memorial
- John Muir National Historic Site
- De Martini Winery
- Rodgers Ranch Heritage Center
All of these wonderful - but not so well known - attractions are located just a short distance from our location at 1261 Locust Street in Walnut Creek, California! Stop by for a visit anytime!