The 3 acre Cooper-Molera Adobe homestead is located in historic downtown Monterey. The adobe was built by New England sea Captain John Rogers Cooper who immigrated to California and married into a Mexican family. It was built in 1830 using traditional building techniques and some East Coast design elements. It was continually added upon/altered over generations. There are two upper-class homes as well as barns, sheds, and a vegetable and fruit garden. The adobe was fully restored in the 1980’s.
Due to current economic difficulties, a public/private partnership of the homestead is being explored to keep the property viable. Conceptual improvements will support public use as well as various venues such as a restaurant, music performances, and receptions; at the same time respect and support the historic homestead and cultural importance to the California State Parks, the National Trust for Historic Preservation, and the City of Monterey. With the renovations comes a chance to structurally upgrade buildings, solve site stormwater problems which have threatened the homestead, and historically renovate the landscape; such as accentuating the kitchen garden/orchard.
There have been various public events which have introduced the project to many stakeholder groups: historical societies, garden clubs, City of Monterey Planning, and California State Parks, to name a few. Additional conceptual design efforts have been specifically made to integrate LID and stormwater management strategies into the site design. OJ-LA developed goals and objectives as well as a diagrammatic site plan with images which were used in applying for the Urban Greening grant.