National Register of Historic Places (1972). Mission San Francisco de Asis (also known as Mission Dolores) is the oldest intact nave structure in California, and the oldest building in San Francisco. The adjoining cemetery is one of only two cemeteries in the city, and holds the last remains of several notable historic figures. The cemetery also includes 5000 Native American Burials. The site was originally the Ohlone village of Chutchui. Mission Dolores was the sixth
mission, founded on June 29, 1776 by Fr. Francisco Palˇu.
Structures and Condition:
- The sanctuary building was constructed in 1788. It was one of the few buildings in San Francisco to survive the 1906 earthquake and subsequent fire. It was retrofitted in 1906, and stabilized with steel in 1917. In 1995, the sanctuary building, sacristy, and facade were retrofitted. Further conservation needs include damage mitigation from Powder Post beetle infestation, exploration, and mitigation of moisture issues in adobe walls.
- Mission Dolores is home to two original reredos, or side altars, that were painted by Ohlone neophytes. Some of the design resembles traditional Ohlone patterns found on rock art in the region. These reredos need extensive conservation and restoration. See these murals at www.missiondoloresmural.com
Immediate and Long-Term Funding Needs:
- Stabilization and conservation of the deteriorating Indian-painted reredos murals is urgently needed.
- Mission statuary needs extensive conservation due to powder post beetle infestation.
- Mission gardens and cemetery need continual maintenance because of the high traffic they receive.
- Complete plans for construction of mission memorial honoring
Native American Indian tribes
From Marin County:
Take the Lombard Street exit off the Golden Gate Bridge. Turn
right onto Van Ness. Right onto Market Street. Left on Dolores.
Proceed to 16th Street.
From the East Bay:
Take the Bay Bridge to US-101 north. Exit at Duboce Avenue/Mission
Street. Left on Guerro. At 16th turn right and proceed to Dolores.
From the South Bay:
From CA-280 north, exit at San Jose Avenue. At the 'Y"
take Dolores to the left. Proceed to 16th Street. (San Francisco