Monday, August 3, 2009

Another 1776 Founding

Just days before our Founding Fathers declared our colonies' independence on July 4, 1776, another founding had taken place three thousand miles away in California. On June 29, 1776, members of the de Anza expedition found fertile soil with proximity to two streams, what they considered the perfect location for the 6th mission in the California chain, Mission San Francisco de Asis. Named for St. Francis of Assisi, the mission if more commonly known as Mission Dolores. Today, the original adobe structure is the oldest surviving building in San Francisco.

First built of thatch and log, the adobe structure was built from 1782-1791 and is today mostly unchanged.

The 1898 photomechanical color print is from the Detroit Publishing Company in the collection of the Library of Congress.


steven said...

hello, i love the colours in this print. the very pale salmon of the adobe structure is gorgeous. dosn't it astonish you that an adobe structure should have survived that long - in san francisco!!! have a sweet day! steven

The Weaver of Grass said...

I do love the series of old photographs you are showing us - they are of such a bygone age. Thank you for taking the trouble to show them to us.

willow said...

I love Francis of Assisi. Interesing post and informative post!

Thanks for your thoughtful comment at WM today. Expression is part of the beauty of blogging, but it would be meaningless, if there was no one to express it to. I, peronally, love the community aspect of blogging.