La Purisima Mission

4 mi. E of Lompoc, near jct. of CA 1 and 150, Lompoc, California


Mission La Purisima Concepcion

1. Historic American Buildings Survey Photographed by Henry F. Withey, May 1937 CHURCH RUINS FROM SOUTH EAST.

Photo from the Historic American Buildings Survey

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Street View 


This is an outstanding example of a detailed restoration of a representative mission complex and gardens in an unaltered rural setting. The first mission, founded in 1787, was destroyed by an earthquake in 1812; the present buildings are a reconstruction (1935-42) of a second mission which fell into disrepair after secularization in 1834. -- National Historic Landmark statement of significance, April 15, 1970

National Register information 

Posted to the National Register of Historic Places on April 15, 1970
Reference number
Area of significance
Level of significance
Evaluation criteria
A - Event
Property type
Historic functions
Village site; Religious structure; Fortification
Current functions
Museum; Park
Periods of significance
1800-1824; 1750-1799
Significant years
1787; 1813; 1818
Number of properties
Contributing buildings: 5
Contributing structures: 1

Update Log 

  • June 10, 2019: Updated by Michael Miller: Corrected "GPS Coordinates" and Added "Street View"