California Historical Landmarks in Santa Cruz County

California Historical Landmark 342
Mission Santa Cruz Site
Emmet and Mission Streets In Plaza Park
Santa Cruz

Site of Mission Santa Cruz

Mision la Exaltación de la Santa Cruz, the 12th Franciscan Mission, was consecrated by Father Fermín Lasuén in August 1791. In 1793 the adobe church was built where the Holy Cross Catholic Church is now located. The mission was damaged by several earthquakes and finally collapsed in 1857. Plaza Park is located at the center of the mission complex which contained 32 buildings at the time of its secularization in 1834, the last building remains on School Street.

Citation from California Office of Historic Preservation

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