The Don Francisco Galindo House, locally known as the Galindo House and Gardens is a 19th-century house in Concord, California, designed in 1856 by Francisco Galindo and his wife, Maria Dolores Manuela (Pacheco) Galindo, Salvio Pacheco's daughter who was Rancho Monte del Diablo's grantee.

 

The house in Contra Costa County is one of the few remaining Victorian ranch houses. Significant remodeling took place in 1875, resulting in an expanded basement, first floor, and second floor. It was at this time that the eldest son of Francisco and Maria, Juan "John" Galindo, moved into the house with his bride, Marina "Sarah" (Amador) Galindo. Following the marriage in 1911 of Juan and Marina's eldest child, Frederick and Catherine (Hittman) Galindo, title was passed to the next generation.

 

After the death of Catherine Galindo in 1966, her children Harold, Ruth, and Leonora preserved the home. Ruth Galindo, the family's last direct descendant, stayed at home until her death in December 1999. With the distribution of the estate of Ruth Galindo, approximately 1.5 acres (6,100 m2) of the house and its surrounding property were allocated to the City of Concord to be preserved as a house museum and park for public use.

 

The City of Concord approved a Master Plan for the Galindo House in October 2001, following a series of public consultations and hearings, designed by San Francisco's historic preservation architectural firm Page & Turnbull, including a Museum Operating Plan.

 

In September 2010, ownership of the Galindo House and property was transferred to the Concord Historical Society from the City of Concord, which spent the next two years renovating the house and opening it to the public in 2012.

 

In May 2013, the Society moved the Masonic Temple (which was dedicated in October 1928) to the Galindo House property facing Clayton Road from its site at 1765 Galindo St. to become part of the Society's historic resource center and meeting room.

 

It’s a small little historic house with a lot of history. It’s nice to get some information of the city, you actually live in! The  volunteers who ran the visit were very nice and would share details about the place. The house is well kept and has lots of cool photos and old fixtures to look at. Generally a fun place and only $3 entrance feel. Definitely a good place to visit!