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Chapel of Mission San Gabriel Arcangel
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Security Pacific National Bank Photo Collection
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Los Angeles Public Library
Los Angeles Public Library Photo Collection
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Mission San Gabriel Arcangel, also known as the San Gabriel Mission, is a former Roman Catholic mission and current historic landmark; it was the fourth of 21 California missions to be founded. The mission was designed by Father Antonio Cruzado, and was built from 1791 to 1805 out of cut stone, brick, and mortar. Mission San Gabriel Arcangel, often referred to as the "Godmother of the Pueblo of Los Angeles", was added in 1971 as a National Historic Landmark, building #71000158. It is also a California Historical Landmark, No. 158. Two addresses are given for the mission: 428 South Mission Drive, and 537 West Mission Drive at Junipero Street.
Interior view of Mission San Gabriel Arcangel in San Gabriel, showing a priest standing at the base of the enormous altar. Entombed at the foot of the altar are the remains of eight Franciscan priests. Buried among the padres is centenarian Eulalia Perez de Guille´n Marine´, the "keeper of the keys" under Spanish rule; her grave is marked by a bench dedicated in her memory (barely visible on the left corner, below two large paintings). The pulpit in the sanctuary is the original, and the main altar was made in Mexico and brought to the Mission in the 1790s. The six wooden polychrome statues located at the altar are priceless, as they were hand-carved and brought around the Horn from Spain in 1791. During the 1812 earthquake the altar and the Crucifix were damaged, with the statues falling and breaking into pieces. Repairs on these were completed in 1813. The statues and altar were again restored in 1993 as part of the most recent restoration project. Photograph dated: June 1, 1936.
1 photographic print :b&w ;21 x 26 cm.
Photographic prints
Security Pacific National Bank Collection
Missions-San Gabriel-Arcangel.; N-006-361 4x5
Mission San Gabriel Arcangel (San Gabriel, Calif.)
Missions, Spanish--California--San Gabriel
Church buildings--California--San Gabriel
Statues--California--San Gabriel
Priests--California--Los Angeles
Altars--California--San Gabriel
Cruzado, Antonio
San Gabriel (Calif.)

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