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Mission Kicks of Sala Preservation Project with Open House on October 9

Next Thursday, October 9th at 11 AM, the Mission is hosting an Open House that will feature a presentation and overview of the Sala Preservation Project scheduled to begin this month.  From the Mission:

In the coming year, the Mission Preservation Foundation will undertake the Sala Preservation Project, a three phased preservation effort of an original 18th century building and adjoining spaces such as the Sacred Garden and Campanario or bell wall. This building has served as padres quarters, a chapel, a home and a curio shop and has withstood the test of time, change in ownership, the prosperity, decline and renewal of a landmark that is now nearly 240 years old.

As a result of completion of the Gate House Preservation Project, the Sala (circa 1800) has been hosting the “Camposanto Exhibit: a historical tribute to the Mission’s Cemetery” while the conditions assessments, were being carried out to identify the scope of work needed to restore the building. With that first phase now complete, and the budget and scope of work identified, an aggressive schedule to save the building has been developed.

The next step involves Phase II of the project which includes interior and exterior conservation, scheduled for completion in September 2015. Phase III of the Sala Preservation Project will involve the museum room build-out, which is set to begin in early 2015. The overall cost of all three phases is $750,000. of which all is being funded through gala, private donations and store net proceeds. Nearly $100,000 remains needed for the final phase.

To give a gift, please contact Mechelle Lawrence Adams at (949) 234-1311 or Barb Beier at (949) 234-1323 or donate online.

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