Preserving the Past for Future Generations

National Historic Landmark, 11 historic structures, and 5 museums throughout 22 acres

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“It has been said that, at it’s best, preservation engages the past in a conversation with the present over a mutual concern for the future.” –William Murtagh

“It has been said that, at it’s best, preservation engages the past in a conversation with the present over a mutual concern for the future.” –William Murtagh


The Carmel Mission Foundation announced on August 10, 2016, that the renovation of the Carmel Mission’s Quadrangle Courtyard had been completed. This was made possible by a $2.0 million grant from the Carmel Mission Foundation.

The large Quadrangle Courtyard is the venue for many important parish and community events. The old concrete surface was removed and new subterranean utility infrastructure was installed to support future Mission restoration work. The Courtyard was then resurfaced with new hardscape designed to last 75–100 years.

The Quadrangle renovation marks the beginning of the Mission’s Phase II restoration, a comprehensive, multi-year project to seismically strengthen and restore the Mission’s 11 remaining historic structures and courtyards, including five museums, California’s first library, and the Orchard House, California’s oldest adobe residence.


The Carmel Mission Foundation announced on October 13, 2015, that the $5.5 million seismic stabilization and restoration of the 220-year-old Carmel Mission’s Basilica has received the prestigious Governor’s Historic Preservation Award. The Basilica restoration project was recognized as an exceptional example of historic preservation efforts honoring California’s cultural heritage.

In 2014, the restoration of the Basilica received a Project-of-the-Year Award from the construction industry for the Northern California and Hawaii Region in the religious/cultural category. The team behind the preservation effort was honored at an industry awards ceremony in San Francisco. Team members included Franks Brenkwitz and Associates, architect of record; Blach Construction, general contractor; Architectural Resources Group, preservation architect; Donald C. Urfer & Associates,structural engineer; on site management; and the Carmel Mission Foundation that funded the project.



Media Coverage

  • A Living History: The Carmel Mission Evolves While Honoring Its Past
    Carmel Magazine-Summer/Fall 2019
  • Mission Foundation Mixer to show what’s next for historic landmark
    Carmel Pine Cone-July 26, 2019
  • Carmel Mission Foundation names new executive director
    Monterey Herald – June 7, 2019
  • Carmel Mission Restoration
    Monterey Herald, Community Focus – September 15, 2017
  • Carmel Mission’s Courtyard Renovated in Time for Classic Car Show
    Monterey Herald – August 15, 2016
  • Mission Gets Shiny, New Quadrangle as $2M Project Draws to a Close
    The Carmel Pine Cone – August 12, 2016
  • Mission Courtyard Getting Major Facelift
    The Carmel Pine Cone – May 6, 2016
  • $2M Carmel Mission Foundation grant to fund courtyard restoration
    Monterey Herald – April 25, 2016
  • Mission Restoration Wins Governor’s Historic Preservation Award (page 10a)
    The Carmel Pine Cone – October 16, 2015
  • Carmel Mission Restoration Takes Top Prize
    Carmel Magazine – Winter 2015
  • Pope plans to canonize Fr. Junípero Serra in September
    Monterey Herald – January 15, 2015
  • Father Serra to become St. Junípero
    The Carmel Pine Cone – January 16, 2015
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