Cooper Molera Adobe

Monterey, California

This place represents the history of the families who lived in and built Monterey, from its early years as the political and commercial capitol of Mexican Alta, California, through the development of the State of California. The site includes two adjacent adobe homes, a corner store, an adobe warehouse, and a barn complex, all on roughly 2.5 acres surrounded by a historic adobe wall. The principal adobe residence dates to 1827. The National Trust is working to restore the site and open it fully to the public to host tours, special events, educational and interpretive uses, and commercial opportunities. RSM Design was asked to help clarify and unify the history and vision of the site, and create a branding and narrative package to carry throughout the project. The logo is based of of the historic cattle brand used by the Cooper family. The team is moving forward in designing wayfinding, identity, and interpretive signage for the site, taking into special consideration the historic architecture and nature of the buildings.