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
https://www.dunnedwards.com/colors/specs/posts/the-california-missions-history-and-design

Architecture Of The California Missions | Rexford Newcomb
https://doi.org/10.2307/41168709

California Missions Decline and Revival (Slidedeck)
https://artsandculture.google.com/exhibit/california-s-missions-california-state-archives/mwJyzm7X2wwbLA?hl=en

California Missions | Heather N. McMahon
https://sah-archipedia.org/essays/CA-01-ART-02

The Architecture of California Missions
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Architecture_of_the_California_missions

The Franciscan Mission Architecture of Alta California | Rexford Newcomb, B.Sc.,M.A.
https://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/e/e1/The_Franciscan_mission_architecture_of_Alta_California_%28IA_gri_33125001116611%29.pdf