San Antonio de Padua Historic Images
San Antonio Padua, founded in 1771, was restored in stages during the 20th century. In the years 1903-1908, the Landmarks Club raised funds to restore the historic 1813 church. Between 1948 and 1952 the mission’s traditional quadrangle was rebuilt, largely with funds supplied by William Randolph Hearst and the Franciscans, who made this a retreat center.
The extensive restoration and unspoiled setting of San Antonio de Padua makes this one of the most picturesque missions in California. This gallery contains a diverse sample of the paintings, illustrations, early photographs and contemporary photographs of the California mission known as the “Mission of the Sierras.”
San Antonio de Padua Mission Drawing
By Henry Miller, 1856.
Church, buildings and ruins of the Mission San Antonio de Padua
Mission of San Antonio by Henry Sandham
Drawing of San Antonio de Padua Ruins
Drawing created by Seth Jones, courtesy Library of Congress.
Photographic print of Mission San Antonio
Closer view of the San Antonia de Padua mission
San Antonio de Padua by Edwin Deakin
Remains of Fr. Saria being carried from Mission Soledad to Mission San Antonio de Padua
Mural honoring first marriage at San Antonio de Padua
On display at the mission.
A Franciscan with a Caretta at Mission San Antonio
Ceremony led by Governor Earl Warren
Earl Warren, governor of California from 1943-1953, led this ceremony to recognize the full restoration of the mission.
From a print in the collection of Pentacle Press LLC, acquired from California Views Picture Archive.