El Pueblo Historical Monument

El Pueblo de Los Angeles Historical Monument is the birthplace of Los Angeles and the Mayor’s Fund is proud to help shine light on this cultural asset.

El Pueblo de Los Angeles is considered the birthplace of the City of Los Angeles located near the site of the early Los Angeles pueblo where forty-four settlers of Native American, African and European heritage settled in September 1781. El Pueblo is a living museum operated as a department of the City of Los Angeles and includes Olvera Street Marketplace, Avila Adobe, the Italian American Museum of Los Angeles, the Chinese American Museum of Los Angeles, Pico House and La Plaza de Cultura y Artes. The site also hosts the largest Dia De Los Muertos celebration in the City, as well as cultural celebrations for Las Posadas, El Grito, Cinco de Mayo and the City’s Birthday Celebration.

Prior to COVID-19, the site averaged two million visitors a year. Since COVID-19, El Pueblo has seen a dramatic decrease in visitors causing a significant economic impact to its tenants, although the site is open under COVID-19 safety protocols.

In 2022, The Mayor’s Fund partnered with El Pueblo by securing private resources to fund a community outreach effort to boost visits to the historical site and raise awareness of El Pueblo as a cultural gathering space.

Issue Area

Community Building


El Pueblo de Los Angeles
We Must Be Bold
The California Endowment

Programs Similar to El Pueblo Historical Monument

  • The MFLA & First Lady Amy Elaine Wakeland led an effort to replace care packages for homebound senior citizens.

  • Great Streets envisions L.A. thoroughfares that are accessible and useful to all. MFLA is backing a key partnership initiative to support small businesses along the city’s first 15 Great Streets.

  • The Mayor’s Office of Volunteerism and Engagement launched in 2016 to support Angelenos who want to make a positive change in this city. VolunteerLA is the platform used to connect Angelenos to volunteer opportunities to promote civic engagement.