The Gonzales/Peralta Adobe – Fallon House Historic Site is located in the heart of downtown San José, alive with restaurants, bars, and unique vendors. Adjacent to San Pedro Market, the Peralta Adobe Plaza offers outdoor seating where you can enjoy a morning coffee, a fabulous lunch, or an evening concert with dinner or a cocktail.
175 West Saint John Street
San José, CA 95110
Street parking available. Visitors also have the option of the Market & San Pedro Square Parking Garage (45 N San Pedro St, San Jose, CA 95113)
By appointment or via tour
Tours & Public Programs
Historic Downtown Sites Tour:
Saturdays & Sundays 12:00 pm & 2:00 pm
Visitors get to experience San José before cars, computers, and smartphones. They are welcomed into the Gonzales/Peralta Adobe and Carmela & Thomas Fallon House, two restored historic homes in the heart of San José. There, they journey through the past and see how San José transformed from El Pueblo de San José de Guadalupe in the late 1770s to California’s first state capital in 1850. Through the tour, they explore why people moved into the region and how the world changed around them.
History San José also offers programming that enriches the region’s cultural heritage. Programs include everything from public lectures, workshops, cultural festivals, docent-led tours of History Park, and an array of programs for the general public.
Please check out our calendar to book a tour or public program today!
Gonzales/Peralta Adobe, built 1797
The adobe was built in 1797 by José Manuel Gonzeles, an Apache Indian — also the first resident, and second mayor, of San Jose. The second occupant was Luís María Peralta, who held the highest office in the community as commissioner. Both were part of the Juan Bautista de Anza expedition.
The adobe is the last remaining structure from El Pueblo de San José de Guadalupe. See the Adobe’s horno, an outside working oven, or venture inside the home and see two rooms furnished as they might have been when they were occupied by the Gonzales and Peralta families.
- Find out more about the Gonzales/Peralta Adobe
- Take a virtual tour, courtesy of Google Arts & Culture
Carmel and Thomas Fallon House, built 1850s
The exquisite Fallon House was built in the 1850s by one of San José’s earliest mayors. The Victorian mansion showcases fifteen fully furnished rooms typical of the Victorian period. Learn about Thomas Fallon, a frontiersman in the John C. Fremont expedition, and Carmel Fallon, the daughter of one of the most prominent Mexican landowners in California.
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