The Rancho Center and restored barn structures and gardens was the culmination of the historic site's master plan - marking a new chapter in experiences at Rancho Los Alamitos.
On June 10, 2012, Rancho Los Alamitos, Povuu’ngna—a sacred site that represents the past, present and future of California—opened to the public its new Rancho Center and restored historic Barns Area. As the centerpiece of Rancho Los Alamitos’ long-term transformation, the Rancho Center project presents engaging new ways of connecting with the diverse voices and stories that shaped this uniquely California site and reflect the ongoing blend of regional culture and environment, including the Native American, Spanish, and Mexican periods, the ranching and farming era, and the imprint of early 20th century development upon the landscape.
At the heart of the ambitious transformation is Rancho Los Alamitos’ commitment to public education and historic preservation, both of which will be greatly aided by the creation of the new Rancho Center and a complete restoration of the historic Barns Area. The restoration of the Barns Area included relocating and restoring five agricultural structures to recapture the layout and character of the historic working Ranch. Exhibiting a stunning blend of historic and contemporary architecture and using the 1948 horse barn as the historic core for the new larger structure, the Rancho Center was designed by the renowned historic preservation firm, Architectural Resources Group, FAIA, in San Francisco.