Sarah’s Travels

The Junipero Serra Museum, Presidio Park, San Diego, Part 1 - The Building
By:Sarah in California
Date: 15 April 2013

The Serra Museum overlooks the corner of highways 5 and 8 in Presidio Park in San Diego. I left a lot of the blue sky on this photo so you can feel the sunny waves of this beautiful Southern California place.
Photos dedicated to my Cousin Anne.

From the 2 plaques below:

"Junipero Serra Museum dedicated July 16, 1929 to the memory of the founder of the California missions on this hill July 16 1769. Padre Junipero Serra and the soldiers of Spain set the royal standard, raised the cross and dedicated the mission San Diego de Alcala."

And this is about the man who built the museum, quite awesome (I like the "Lover of all growing things"):

"George White Marston, 1850 - 1946, Friend of his fellow men, Lover of all growing things. Piece by piece through many years, he acquires these acres, the site of the first Spanish settlement in California. He erected this building. He planted the trees and shrubs and nurtured their growth with tiredless devotion, and when the barren hillside had blossomed into beauty he presented Presidio Park to the city he loved as a memorial of Father Junipero Serra. This tablet is placed here by the San Diego Historical Society October 22, 1950."

View of the Museum from the top of the stairs at the back:

Pretty white tower, humble but strong, not intimidating but high enough to remind us of the dedication it took to build this beautiful place:

The terrace around the Museum:

Absolutely beautiful cloister:

The wine press in the middle of the cloister (I read on the plaque that Franciscan monasteries and missions all used to have one in those days):

The cloister viewed from outside:

And a close-up on its arcades: