Mission Hills in Los Angeles County, California — The American West (Pacific Coastal)
Mission San Fernando Rey de España
1. Historical Museum
The museum exhibits a pictorial history of the mission, pottery, santos, trade and commerce items, together with an extensive collection of early mission baskets given by Marie and Mark Harrington.
2. Mayordomo’s House
The foreman of the mission ranch (which was 121,542 acres) lived here. In 1806, the mission produced 12,868 bushels (mostly corn and wheat). In 1819, the livestock (principally cattle, sheep and horses) numbered 21,745. San Fernando became a thriving industrial center supplying tallow and soap, hides and shoes, cloth and blankets, wine, olive oil and iron work to other foundations.
The convento was thirteen years in construction. Completed in 1822, its famous corridor has twenty-one Roman arches, four foot adobe walls and the original iron grilles. In addition to the artistically and authentically refurbished rooms, there is El Teatro de Fray Junipero Serra which offers visitors a choice of several historical films on early life at the old missions, through the benefaction of the Fritz Burns Foundation.
In the Madonna Room are gathered several hundred statues, plaques, paintings and depictions of the Blessed Mother. The room itself, probably a carcel or prison in provincial times, was refurbished and opened to the public in 1992 through the generosity of the William Hannon Foundation.
5. West Garden
The West Garden features rare and beautiful trees, an old wine vat, grinding stone, two bells from the Ezcaray Collection (cast in Spain and bearing the dates 1686 and 1720) and the Archival Center for the Archdiocese of Los Angeles.
6. Statue of Fray Fermin Francisco de Lasuen
San Fernando Mission, the seventeenth in the chain of outpost along Alta California’s El Camino Real, was established by Fray Fermin Francisco De Lasuen (1736-1803) on September 8, 1797. A native of Vitoria, Spain, Lasuen served as Presidente of the California Missions for eighteen years. He is buried at San Carlos Borromeo Mission, Carmel.
7. Old Mission Church
The fourth Mission church is an exact replica of the earlier edifice erected between 1804 and 1806. Measuring 166 by 35 feet, its walls are seven feet thick at the base, tapering to five feet at the top. The interior furnishings were used in the earlier church. There were 3,188 baptisms, 2,449 burials and 842 marriages at San Fernando
8. Composanto or Cemetery
The Cemetery is the final resting place for several thousand neophytes and early settlers attached to the only mission named for a King of Spain.
9. Statue of Fray Junipero Serra
The statue of Blessed Junipero Serra, the proto Presidente of California Missions, sculpted by Dale Smith and fabricated at the Studio America Foundry in memory of Eugenie B. Hannon, was dedicated on November 8th, 1992 by Father Noel Francis Moholy, O.F.M., Vice Postulator for the Serra Cause.
The Workshops recreate the atmosphere of the carpentry, pottery, saddle and blacksmith shops, together with the weaving room. The furnishings are authentic, with most of them dating from the provincial era.
11. East Garden
The East Garden features a flower shaped fountain copied from an original in Cordova, along with a rich assortment of rare trees, cacti and seasonal flowers.
12. Archival Center
The Archival Center serves the Archdiocese of Los Angeles. Its Historical Museum is open to the public on Monday, Thursday and Friday afternoons, from 1:00 to 3:00 P.M. Researchers are accommodated
[Layout of the Mission's property with directions to points of interest.]
Erected by Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Los Angeles.
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Cemeteries & Burial Sites • Churches & Religion • Native Americans • Settlements & Settlers. In addition, it is included in the City of Los Angeles Historic-Cultural Monuments, and the El Camino Real, “The King's Highway” (California) series lists.
Location. 34° 16.398′ N, 118° 27.679′ W. Marker is in Mission Hills, California, in Los Angeles County. Marker can be reached from San Fernando Mission Boulevard east of Sepulveda Boulevard. The Mission is west of the City of San Fernando, midway between the San Diego and Golden State Freeways (I-405 and I-5) on the north side of San Fernando Mission Blvd. The marker is inside the Mission grounds, northwest of the main visitor's entrance and the Mission Gift Shop. Open 9-5 every day. Touch for mapTouch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 2 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Fray Fermin Francisco de Lasuen, O.F.M. (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); San Fernando Mission (about 300 feet away); This Fountain (about 500 feet away); Andres Pico Adobe (approx. 0.4 miles away); Ranchito Romulo (approx. 0.4 miles away); Mission Dam (approx. half a mile away); Lopez Station (approx. 0.9 miles away); Father Junipero Serra / Fray Junipero Serra (approx. 1.2 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Mission Hills.
Also see . . .
1. Mission San Fernando, Rey de España. (Submitted on December 17, 2011, by Richard E. Miller of Oxon Hill, Maryland.)
2. Information about the Mission on the MissionTour.org Website. (Submitted on February 2, 2017, by Craig Baker of Sylmar, California.)
Additional keywords. Bob Hope; Dolores Hope; Bob Hope Memorial Garden
Credits. This page was last revised on May 10, 2021. It was originally submitted on December 17, 2011, by Richard E. Miller of Oxon Hill, Maryland. This page has been viewed 3,363 times since then and 86 times this year. Last updated on March 8, 2018, by Craig Baker of Sylmar, California. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13. submitted on December 17, 2011, by Richard E. Miller of Oxon Hill, Maryland. 14. submitted on November 29, 2012, by Richard E. Miller of Oxon Hill, Maryland. 15, 16. submitted on May 10, 2021, by Craig Baker of Sylmar, California. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.