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San Fernando Rey de Espan~a Mission courtyard
Alternative Title
Works Progress Administration Photo Collection
Date Created and/or Issued
Circa 1936
Publication Information
Federal Writers' Project
Contributing Institution
Los Angeles Public Library
Los Angeles Public Library Photo Collection
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Mission San Fernando Rey de Espan~a (originally La Misio´n del Sen~or Fernando, Rey de Espan~a) 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. Founded by father Fermi´n Lasue´n on September 8, 1797 in Mission Hills, it is located on the former settlement of Encino Rancho. The Convento, seen in the background, stands apart from the quadrangle; it took 13 years to construct and was completed in 1822. It is most noted for its 21 Roman arches, and is the largest two-story adobe structure in California. The second floor is now used for storage. The Convento Building was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1988 - Building #88002147. And in 1999, the rest of 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. It continues to serve as a parish church.
View of the San Fernando Rey de Espan~a Mission courtyard, where bull fights were once held. Also visible are a fountain and a statue of Father Juni´pero Serra.
1 photographic print :b&w
Photographic prints
Works Progress Administration Collection
WPA 5046 4x5
San Fernando, Rey de Espan~a (Mission : San Fernando, Calif.)
Missions, Spanish--California--Los Angeles
Courtyards--California--Los Angeles
Arches--California--Los Angeles
Mission Hills (Los Angeles, Calif.)
Works Progress Administration Collection photographs

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