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Interior of chapel, San Fernando Rey de Espan~a Mission
Alternative Title
Security Pacific National Bank Photo Collection
Date Created and/or Issued
Circa 1812
Contributing Institution
Los Angeles Public Library
Los Angeles Public Library Photo Collection
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Founded by father Fermi´n Lasue´n on September 8, 1797 in Mission Hills, Mission San Fernando Rey de Espan~a (originally La Misio´n del Sen~or Fernando, Rey de Espan~a) is located on the former settlement of Encino Rancho. It was the seventeenth mission built in Alto California. It was built in a quadrangle, similar to other missions, in which the church makes up one corner. The original church was built in 1797, but was soon outgrown; a larger chapel was built, but that one, too, soon proved to be too small for the growing population. A third, larger chapel was built and blessed in December 1806, but was completely damaged by the destructive earthquake of 1812 - once again, a new church was built and completed in 1818. Over the years, the Southern California earthquakes have done a lot of damage to the mission buildings; in 1971, the Sylmar earthquake damaged the church once again, and it had to be completely rebuilt. The repairs were completed in 1974. In 1988, the Convento Building was added to the National Register of Historic Places - Building #88002147. In 1999, the entire Mission San Fernando Rey de Espan~a was added to the National Register of Historic Places - Building #71001076. It has also been dedicated as California Historic Landmark #157. It continues to serve as a parish church..
Photograph shows a large group of people standing inside the adobe chapel adjacent to Mission San Fernando Rey de Espan~a after the 1812 earthquake, which all but destroyed it. Rubble litters the ground, and sunlight filters through the open roof.
1 photographic print :b&w ;13 x 20 cm. on board 17 x 24 cm.
Photographic prints
Security Pacific National Bank Collection
Missions-San Fernando Rey de Espan~a.
San Fernando, Rey de Espan~a (Mission : San Fernando, Calif.)
Earthquake damage--California--Los Angeles
Missions, Spanish--California--Los Angeles
Adobe churches--California--Los Angeles
Chapels--California--Los Angeles
Mission Hills (Los Angeles, Calif.)

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