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Carmelite Monastery – Bond Ranch

Point of Historical Interest No. 2

 
 
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By Barry Swackhamer, February 16, 2012
1. Carmelite Monastery – Bond Ranch Marker
Inscription.
Judge Hiram Graham Bond owned the ranch 1895-1909.
Purchased by U.S. Senator James d. Phelan in 1913.
The monastery chapel and residence buildings were constructed in 1917 as a permanent monastery for the community of Cloistered Discalced Carmelite nuns. In memory of Mrs. Francis J. Sullivan, Phelan’s sister. Monastery buildings designed by Maginnis & Walsh, who designed the national Shrine of the Immaculate Conception, Washington, D.C. Plans for the chapel won first place at the 1925 Paris International Exposition. It is considered the most perfect example of Spanish Renaissance Ecclesiastical architecture in the New World. The residence of the nuns is known as the Monastery of the Infant Jesus. The converted carriage house and redwood water tower were built prior to 1860.

Jack London, a frequent visitor, used the ranch as the starting locale for his famous novel “Call of the Wild” and Marshall Bond’s dog for the hero of the book.
 
Erected 1970 by Santa Clara Historical and Landmark Commission. (Marker Number 2.)
 
Location. 37° 20.87′ N, 121° 57.128′ W. Marker is in Santa Clara, California, in Santa Clara County. Marker is on Lincoln Street south of Benton
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By Barry Swackhamer, February 21, 2012
2. Carmelite Monastery – Bond Ranch Marker
Street, on the right when traveling south. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 1000 Lincoln Street, Santa Clara CA 95050, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. “Cowboy Jim” Donovan (about 500 feet away, measured in a direct line); Kiely House (about 700 feet away); Mission Santa Clara Veterans Memorial (approx. 0.2 miles away); Morgan House (approx. 0.2 miles away); John Fatjo House (approx. ¼ mile away); Elim Community Church (approx. ¼ mile away); Old Downtown Santa Clara (approx. 0.3 miles away); Robert Menzel House (approx. 0.3 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Santa Clara.
 
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The Carmelite Monastery image. Click for full size.
By Barry Swackhamer, February 21, 2012
3. The Carmelite Monastery
The Carmelite Monastery image. Click for full size.
By Barry Swackhamer, February 21, 2012
4. The Carmelite Monastery
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on February 23, 2012, by Barry Swackhamer of San Jose, California. This page has been viewed 612 times since then and 23 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on February 23, 2012, by Barry Swackhamer of San Jose, California. • Syd Whittle was the editor who published this page.
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