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Photo, Print, Drawing Mission La Purisima Concepcion , 2295 Purisima Road, Lompoc, Santa Barbara County, CA

[ Data Pages from Survey HALS CA-79  ]

About this Item

Title

  • Mission La Purisima Concepcion , 2295 Purisima Road, Lompoc, Santa Barbara County, CA

Names

  • Historic American Landscapes Survey, creator
  • Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC)
  • California State Parks
  • Lausen
  • Temple, Don Juan
  • Union Oil Company
  • Santa Barbara County
  • Stevens, Christopher M, transmitter
  • Nelson, Douglas, historian
  • Liljegren, Kerri, historian

Created / Published

  • Documentation compiled after 2000

Headings

  • -  mission churches
  • -  missions
  • -  missionaries
  • -  Native Americans
  • -  Mexican-Americans
  • -  Mexican Colonial architectural elements
  • -  Catholicism
  • -  gardens
  • -  California--Santa Barbara County--Lompoc

Latitude / Longitude

  • 34.67152,-120.422623

Notes

  • -  See also HABS CA-211 for additional documentation.
  • -  2012 HALS Challenge: Documenting the American Latino Landscape entry.
  • -  Significance: Between 1769 and 1823, the Spanish Empire set out to colonize California by establishing a chain of missions along the California coast. The spacing of the 21 Missions along El Camino Real was based on the distance one could travel in one day. The missions were established to convert the local natives to Christianity and to support and protect the frontier colony. In turn, they introduced European livestock, fruit and vegetables, horses and grazing to the region. The missions have gone through many phases since their origin as thriving military outposts during the Spanish Empire. During Mexican rule, the missions entered a period of declining population and resources, leading eventually to abandonment of many of the missions. A revival of interest in California history and Spanish heritage in the early 20th Century led to many of the missions being restored and preserved as historic landmarks. Today, the missions are some of California’s oldest and most significant structures and serve as important educational and interpretive centers of the state’s cultural history. Mission La Purisima Concepcion was founded in 1787 as the 11th mission in the chain. The site was established as an important midpoint between the missions at San Luis Obispo and Santa Barbara. Mission La Purisima is notable among the missions because its extensive and well researched restoration in the 1930’s by the Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC). The restoration project involved rebuilding nearly the entire property with original tools and methods. The Mission is now part of the Californian State Parks system. Also of note, Mission La Purisima is one of the only missions still situated in a rural and agricultural area that closely resembles the setting of the mission’s early history. The Mission’s primary period of significance begins with the start of construction on this site in 1812 by the Spanish, and continues through 1834 and secularization under the Mexican government. A secondary period of significance, 1934 to 1941, recognizes the Twentieth Century historic preservation and reconstruction work by California State Parks, the National Park Service, and the Civilian Conservation Corps.
  • -  Survey number: HALS CA-79
  • -  Building/structure dates: 1787 Initial Construction
  • -  Building/structure dates: 1812 Subsequent Work
  • -  Building/structure dates: 1836 Subsequent Work
  • -  Building/structure dates: 1941 Subsequent Work
  • -  National Register of Historic Places NRIS Number: 7800075

Medium

  • Data Page(s): 12

Call Number/Physical Location

  • HALS CA-79

Source Collection

  • Historic American Landscapes Survey (Library of Congress)

Repository

Control Number

  • ca3954

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Online Format

  • pdf

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Chicago citation style:

Historic American Landscapes Survey, Creator, Civilian Conservation Corps, California State Parks, Lausen, Don Juan Temple, Union Oil Company, Santa Barbara County, Douglas Nelson, and Kerri Liljegren. Mission La Purisima Concepcion ,Purisima Road, Lompoc, Santa Barbara County, CA. California Santa Barbara County Lompoc, 2000. translateds by Stevens, Christopher Mmitter Documentation Compiled After. Photograph. https://www.loc.gov/item/ca3954/.

APA citation style:

Historic American Landscapes Survey, C., Civilian Conservation Corps, California State Parks, Lausen, Temple, D. J., Union Oil Company [...] Liljegren, K. (2000) Mission La Purisima Concepcion ,Purisima Road, Lompoc, Santa Barbara County, CA. California Santa Barbara County Lompoc, 2000. Stevens, C. M., trans Documentation Compiled After. [Photograph] Retrieved from the Library of Congress, https://www.loc.gov/item/ca3954/.

MLA citation style:

Historic American Landscapes Survey, Creator, et al. Mission La Purisima Concepcion ,Purisima Road, Lompoc, Santa Barbara County, CA. trans by Stevens, Christopher Mmitter Documentation Compiled After. Photograph. Retrieved from the Library of Congress, <www.loc.gov/item/ca3954/>.