Mission Santa Ines

Also known as: CA-SBA-518
E side of Solvang, S of CA 246, Solvang, California


Mission Santa Inez, Tannery

1. Historic American Buildings Survey Photographed by Henry F. Withey September 1936 VIEW OF TANNERY FOUNDATION TOWARDS WEST

Photo from the Historic American Buildings Survey

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Street View 


Mission Santa Ines is one of the best preserved Spanish mission complexes in the United States, an unrivaled combination of landscape setting, original buildings, extant collections of art and interior furnishings, water-related industrial structures and archaeological remains. The property is also important as the location of the start of the Chumash Revolt of 1824, one of the largest and most successful revolts of Native American Catholic neophytes in the Spanish West, representing indigenous resistance to European colonization. The intact archaeological remains of the two mission wings, a portion of the convento, and the Native American village are rare survivors, and have been demonstrated to contain the potential for exceptional information on the critical period of accommodation between native peoples and European colonial powers. -- National Historic Landmark statement of significance, January 20, 1999

National Register information 

Posted to the National Register of Historic Places on January 20, 1999
Reference number
Architectural styles
Colonial; Other architectural type; Spanish Colonial
Areas of significance
Architecture; Archeology - Aboriginal; Ethnic Heritage - Hispanic; Ethnic Heritage - Native American; Religion; Social History
Level of significance
Evaluation criteria
A - Event; C - Design/Construction; D - Information Potential
Property type
Historic functions
Religious structure; Church related residence; Village site; Battle site; Water works; Manufacturing facility; Agricultural fields
Current functions
Religious structure; Church related residence; Museum; Agricultural fields
Periods of significance
1800-1824; 1825-1849; 1850-1874
Significant years
1804; 1824
Number of properties
Contributing buildings: 2
Contributing structures: 6
Contributing sites: 7
Non-contributing buildings: 7
Non-contributing sites: 1

Update Log 

  • March 14, 2017: New Street View added by Bill Eichelberger