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Ruben Mendoza presents Of Earth, Fire, and Faith: Architectural Practice in the Fernandino Missions of Alta California, 1769-1834
January 11 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Archaeologist, architectural historian, and photographer Dr. Rubén G. Mendoza will review the architectural histories and genealogies, and technologies and traditions, that undergird and inform the study of the California missions. Drawing on some thirty years of archaeological investigations in California and the Southwest US, Professor Mendoza will review revelations produced from the archaeology, ethno history, and architectural histories of a host of early California missions, including those discoveries specific to the Serra Chapel of 1772 (Monterey), the missing mission quadrangle of San Juan Bautista destroyed in the earthquake of 1800, the radically transformed and earthquake damaged facade and vault of Mission San Carlos Borromeo, the discovery of the Neophyte Housing Plaza of Mission Nuestra Señora de la Soledad, and the earthquake-resistant architecture of Mission San Miguel Arcangel, among other revelations specific to the archaeology, architecture, and solar geometry of the Hispanic Catholic missions of Alta California.