Pioneer Village, Bakersfield - 1980
This plaque from 1980 celebrates the Weill House, and is situated across the street from the house's original location at 1627 17th Street. Our plaque is affixed to a building wall on the southeast corner of 17th and H Streets in Bakersfield. Its GPS coordinates are 35°22'26.97"N by 119°01'15.97"W.
The Alphonse Weill Residence is celebrated as the first modern house built in Bakersfield, California. Built in 1882, it featured indoor plumbing, and best of all - a real indoor potty. In 1949 the house was moved from its original site in Downtown Bakersfield to its current location at Pioneer Village.
Pioneer Village is itself one of the most unusual parks in the world. Part of the grounds of the Kern County Museum, the park features a still growing collection of early structures that have been rescued from the wrecking ball and carefully restored. These buildings can be found among the lawns of a beautiful tree studded park where the public is invited to spend the day and take in the history of early Kern County.
The Kern County Museum and Pioneer Village are located at 3801 Chester Avenue Bakersfield, CA 93301. Our Plaque is located in downtown Bakersfield. Click on the links below to read the history of the Weill Residence and to tour the park and museum.