San Francisco Solano Historic Images
San Francisco Solano (also called Mission Sonoma) only functioned as a mission for eleven years before it was secularized in 1834. Fortunately, most of the prominent 19th-century artist captured the essential appearance of this mission. The core buildings were rebuilt between 1911-1913, with a major restoration in 1943-1944. Sonoma was the site of the Bear Flag Revolt of June 14, 1846, declaring California a republic, an event that was staged directly across from the mission.
This gallery contains a generous sample of the historic illustrations and paintings of Mission San Francisco Solano, as well as contemporary photographs. One of the special attractions of this mission is the former padre’s quarters (now a museum) which contains Chris Jorgensen’s paintings of all twenty-one missions, painted between 1903-1905. In addition, there is a second museum on the picturesque town square, the restored Mexican-era soldier’s barracks, located directly across from the mission.