Partners in Preservation: San Antonio Missions National Historical Park

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HOPE Crew

San Antonio Missions National Historical Park

  • Location: San Antonio, Texas

San Antonio Missions National Historical Park, UNESCO World Heritage, consists of four separate mission sites in San Antonio, Texas: Mission Concepcion, Mission Espada, Mission San Jose, and Mission San Juan.

Mission Concepción’s unique architecture and frescoes have told the story of interwoven cultures for almost 300 years. Father President's office features a Moorish arch and window, while the convento library's "Eye of God" iconography blends Spanish and indigenous styles. What's more, the Mission Concepción church and convento represent the largest concentration of Spanish colonial frescoes in the United States.

Far from being cast in amber, Mission Concepción is currently used both as an active parish and as a part of San Antonio Missions National Historical Park.

photo by: Leah Overstreet

Corpsmembers from the Texas Conservation Corps at Mission San Juan

Through the Trust's HOPE Crew program, members from the Texas Conservation Corps have worked on various structures within the park: restoring the post-Colonial Tufa House, and serving as masonry apprentices on some of the iconic mission structures throughout the park. This work has been made possible by funding from the National Park Service and the nonprofit group, Los Compadres de San Antonio Missions, the park’s officially chartered Friends group.

San Antonio Missions National Historical Park participated in Partners in Preservation: National Parks.

“The beauty of it is the educational component. We were thrilled with the opportunity HOPE Crew gave us to have these preservation projects for young people to do in our park.”

Susan Chandoha, Executive Director of Los Compadres de San Antonio Missions

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