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The oldest building in San Jose is the Peralta Adobe, which was built in 1797. The person who built it was Manuel Gonzalez, who was an Apache Indian. Gonzalez had a wife and five children and was in the Anza Party that reached California in 1776. He was one of the founders of the town of San Jose. When Gonzalez died in 1804, the house was occupied by Luis Maria Peralta. He was a soldier and the owner of Rancho San Antonio, one of the largest ranches in California. The house is small with an area of about 820 square feet. It is furnished in the style of when it was built. The owner is now the City of San Jose. This is San Jose’s Historic Landmark No. 1.