California Missions Trail

A Tour of Early California Architecture from San Diego to Sonoma

Architects, Designers, Contractors, Tradesmen, and Laborers

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The Spanish missions of California represent the state’s oldest and richest historical legacy. Established in the late eighteenth century and early nineteenth century by Franciscan missionaries, the missions were designed by artisans from Mexico, and built and decorated largely by Native Americans.

Santa Barbar Mission Blueprint

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The California Missions: History and Design | Grace Lennon, AIA

Architecture Of The California Missions | Rexford Newcomb

California Missions Decline and Revival (Slidedeck)

California Missions | Heather N. McMahon

The Architecture of California Missions

The Franciscan Mission Architecture of Alta California | Rexford Newcomb, B.Sc.,M.A.