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The Frank J. Portman Memorial Diorama

1939 - 1995

 
 
The Frank J. Portman Memorial Diorama Marker image. Click for full size.
By Barry Swackhamer, March 16, 2014
1. The Frank J. Portman Memorial Diorama Marker
Inscription. Frank J. Portman, president of the Frank Portman Company and our Restoration Project contractor was called to God one week before our celebration to mark the completion of the Old Mission Dolores Restoration Project. From the inception of the Project in 1991 through the last weeks of his life, Frank Portman dedicated himself to the success of every aspect of the effort to restore Mission Dolores and preserve it for the future.

Like his grandfather and father, Frank Portman and other family members have worked on Mission Dolores for years. Frank was devoted to restoring the Mission properly and to educating young and old about the contribution of the California Missions to our heritage. Thanks in large part to Frank, present and future generations can now see how the Mission looked at the height of the Mission period.

This Diorama was created for the 1939 World’s Fair on Treasure Island. In 1985 the City needed to clear storage space and offered it to Mission Dolores. Frank Portman, seeing it’s future value to visitors stored it for ten years. Finally, when project funding permitted, Frank directed the restoration and careful installation of the diorama in this area between the Basilica and the Old Mission.

The Diorama depicts how the Mission looked in 1799 with Twin Peaks, the Mission and Yerba Buena
The Frank J. Portman Memorial Diorama Marker image. Click for full size.
By Barry Swackhamer, March 16, 2014
2. The Frank J. Portman Memorial Diorama Marker
Hills in the background.

In grateful appreciation for Frank Portman’s contribution to the success of the Restoration Project, the diorama will be known in perpetuity as the Frank Portman Mission Dolores Diorama. God bless you Frank!
 
Erected 1996.
 
Location. 37° 45.859′ N, 122° 25.59′ W. Marker is in San Francisco, California, in San Francisco City and County. Marker is on Dolores Street near 16th Street. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 320 Dolores Street, San Francisco CA 94110, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Misión San Francisco de Asís (a few steps from this marker); El Camino Real (a few steps from this marker); Fray Francisco Palou, O.F.M. (within shouting distance of this marker); La Misión San Francisco de Asís (within shouting distance of this marker); Guillermo Granizo (within shouting distance of this marker); The Coast Miwok (approx. 0.2 miles away); Site of Original Mission Dolores Chapel and Dolores Lagoon / Rammaytush (approx. 0.2 miles away); José Sarria (approx. 0.3 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in San Francisco.
 
More about this marker. The diorama is located in the courtyard, between the mission and
The Frank J. Portman Memorial Diorama image. Click for full size.
By Barry Swackhamer, March 16, 2014
3. The Frank J. Portman Memorial Diorama
Mission Dolores circa 1799.
the basilica.
 
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Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on March 22, 2014, by Barry Swackhamer of San Jose, California. This page has been viewed 408 times since then and 44 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on March 22, 2014, by Barry Swackhamer of San Jose, California. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.
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