Mission San Jose

Mission Blvd. at Washington Blvd., Fremont, California


Mission San Jose de Guadalupe

1. Historic American Buildings Survey Wm. H. Knowles Collection Original

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Restored remains of Fourteenth Mission founded by Franciscan Fathers in Alta, California. Site consecrated June 11, 1797. Church and most of the buildings were destroyed by earthquake on Oct. 21, 1868, leaving part of monastery wing which is now a museum. Building is a good example of original adobe and post and lintel construction, with hand hewn timbers, pegged and lashed with rawhide. Museum contains original statues, paintings and liturgical vestments and artifacts. The Mission was the first community and cultural center in the Contra Costa, and was on the northern frontier of Spanish expansion in North America. More Indians were baptized here than at any other mission, and next to Mission San Luis, Rey de Francia it was considered the most prosperous of the missions.-- Historic American Buildings Survey (HABS CA-1132)

"MISSION SAN JOSE - On June 9, 1797, troops under Sergeant Pedro Amador, accompanied by Father Fermín Lasuén, set out from Santa Clara for the spot that the natives called Oroysom in the valley of San Jose. The following day a temporary chapel was erected, and on June 11, the father presidente 'raised and blessed the cross. In a shelter of boughs he celebrated holy mass.' On the 28th Fathers Isidoro Barcenilla and Agustín Merino arrived to take charge of the new mission. The mission, except part of the padre's quarters, was completely destroyed in the earthquake of 1868." - California Historic Landmark No,334

National Register information 

Posted to the National Register of Historic Places on July 14, 1971
Reference number
Areas of significance
Architecture; Religion; Social History; Agriculture
Level of significance
Evaluation criteria
A - Event
Property type
Historic function
Church related residence
Current function
Periods of significance
1800-1824; 1825-1849
Significant years
1810; 1916; 1950

Update Log 

  • July 29, 2022: New photo from Bill Eichelberger
  • March 26, 2019: Updated by Richard Doody: Added historical info
  • January 5, 2017: New Street View added by Bill Eichelberger
  • August 11, 2012: New photos from Jim Allen