California Mission Architecture: A Survey and Sourcebook

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The California missions are the cathedrals of the New World. They were built under the direction of the adventurous padres who braved the hardships of the New World and organized an existing agrarian culture to produce viable military, commercial, and religious centers. Even though created with primitive means from mud and wood, these structures were elegant and represented the taste and culture of the Spanish empire at its height. With nearly 800 photos and plans, this book visually documents rustic, elegant features, artistic details, and general architectural significance of each of the twenty-one missions. Searching for the roots of mission architecture, this comprehensive study starts by looking at precedents including Greek, Roman, Byzantine, Renaissance, and Native American influences. From there the book delves into how the missions influenced later American architecture, followed by specific characteristics of the style and a mission-by-mission overview. Complete with details on elevations, lighting fixtures, doorways, and more, this is an ideal book for anyone seeking architectural inspiration.

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I put this book together to document the root sources and examples  of this magnificent yet understated and unique style of architecture which has influenced generations of architects. Many of the current Mission style buildings are generated from studying second and third-hand copies that have no soul and lead off and away from the track of the original work's charm and character. Studying  the actual building is like reading Shakespeare from the text- not the modern remake- it tells a better story. This book makes it possible.

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The architect is a fourth generation Californian , studied at the American Academy in Rome and has practiced architecture in his own firm in Santa Barbara  for over 20 years.

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