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Interior of attic, San Fernando Rey de Espan~a Mission
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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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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 Convento stands apart from the quadrangle; it took 13 years to construct and was completed in 1822. Most noted for its 21 Roman arches, it is the largest two-story adobe structure in California. Now, the second floor is used for storage. The mission, itself, was used for many things during the mid-to late 1800's; in 1822, the Convento building served as the padre's quarters as well as a guesthouse, offering temporary accommodations for missionaries as they traveled between the missions along the Camino Real; in 1845, Governor Pio Pico declared the mission buildings for sale, and in 1846 made Mission San Fernando Rey de Espana his headquarters; between 1857 and 1861, the Convento was used as a station for the Butterfield Stage Line, which ran between Los Angeles and San Francisco; it also served as a warehouse for the Porter Land and Water Company; and in 1896, the quadrangle was actually used as a hog farm. Finally in 1923, after nearly 30 years, San Fernando's church became a working church once again. Today, the beautiful "Long Building" contains a rich assortment of relics: the great wine press, the smoke room, a refectory, and a library housing a collection of 1,760 volumes, dating from the 1500s to the 1800s. The Convento Building was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1988 - Building #88002147. And in 1999, the entire Mission San Fernando Rey de Espan~a was added to the National Register of Historic Places as well - Building #71001076. It has also been dedicated as California Historic Landmark #157. The Convent Building was, and still is, the largest adobe structure in California and is also the largest original building in California's missions. It continues to serve as a parish church.
Photograph shows the interior of an attic, or loft, showing rafters, an adobe floor, a couple of pictures hanging on the walls, as well as a few windows and an open door. This attic was possibly located inside the Convento Building, also known as the "Long Building". The Convento Building, a large two-story building measuring approximately 243 feet long and 50 feet wide, was built in stages between 1808 and 1822. It has a broad portico extending the whole length of the building, sometimes referred to as the colonnade, and has 21 Roman arches, making it the most recognized image of the Mission.
1 photographic print :b&w ;20 x 25 cm. on board 20 x 25 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.)
Missions, Spanish--California--Los Angeles
Adobe churches--California--Los Angeles
Mission Hills (Los Angeles, Calif.)

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