San Jacinto City Council forms GoFundMe for Estudillo Barn renovations
■ By Jacob Doane / Contributed
The Estudillo Barn in San Jacinto on 7th street is in need of renovation. The city councilmembers of San Jacinto have created a GoFundMe page in order to allow donations and support from the citizens for these renovations. According to the GoFundMe, alongside public donations, a percentage of revenue from special events during the year will be dedicated to these renovations as well.
According to Councilman Andrew Kotyuk, “the barn is used for many things from the boy scouts, weddings, and quinceaneras, to formal city events and gatherings.
The Mansion itself was built in 1884 by Francisco Estudillo, Jr. The residence and its twin built by his brother Antonio Estudillo near Soboba Hot Springs are all that remains of the 35,000 acres their father, Jose Antonio Estudillo, had passed on to them. In 1992, the mansion was purchased by the City of Riverside, but after being severely damaged by earthquakes that year it then was handed over to San Jacinto in 1998.
On Jan. 2, 2002, the Mansion and its grounds were registered on the National Register of Historic Places on the California Register of History places. This is the third Riverside County site to have ever received this honor. Over the last decade the mansion has been improved upon but the barn has been neglected. The city hopes to raise enough funds to change that.