At the north corner of Congress Street and Twiggs Street, in San Diego’s Old Town, you’ll find a large parking lot.
In a strip of landscaping between the parking lot and sidewalk stands a mysterious sign. The sign reads: SITE OF CASA DE COTA – HISTORICAL LANDMARK NO. 75.
That’s strange! The only thing visible is the parking lot! So, where is Casa de Cota?
According to this page of the San Diego History Center: Built in the mid-1830’s by Juan or Ramón Cota, this house stood for over a century on the corner of Twiggs and Congress Streets, before being destroyed by United States Army bulldozers during World War II.
It appears to have been built of adobe blocks.
Visitor maps posted around Old Town San Diego State Historic Park show Parking Lot B, where the house once stood. I’ve included the following photo. I marked a red X at the mysterious sign’s location.
Do you happen to know more about the long-vanished Casa de Cota? If you do, please leave a comment!