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Built in the 1840s by Don Raymundo Olivas, a prominent cattle and sheep rancher, the two-story Monterey style Olivas Adobe was the center of Ventura’s San Miguel Rancho. Restored in the late 1920s by millionaire Max Fleischmann of Fleischmann Yeast and Margarine fame, the historic property was given to the City in 1963 and is now the centerpiece of the Olivas Adobe Historical Park. A designated California Historical Landmark and listed in the National Register of Historic Places, the complex had significant deferred maintenance issues and structural seismic deficiencies. Based on construction chronology research and building assessments, ARG completed a rehabilitation and seismic retrofit that allows the site to better accommodate events while preserving the historic fabric and educational and interpretive use of one of Ventura’s most significant historic sites.