Mission Dolores Outside

The outside of the Mission shows the somewhat unique architecture of this particular Mission. Note that the bells are inside the Church instead of on an exterior structure and that there is a balcony along the front. These are features you don’t see at the other missions.

San Francisco Mission Front

Picture Taken 12:45pm 20 Feb 2012

The front wall is generally blank except for the El Camino Real plaque and this niche with the statue of Mary; a little more worn that it was in 2003.

San Francicso Mission Front Mary Statue

Picture taken 12:38pm 20 Feb 2012


This plaque was found on my 2003 trip but, for some reason, if it’s still there I missed it on the 2012 trip.

San Francisco Mission Dedication Plaque

Picture taken 1:40pm 31 Aug 2003

Misión San Francisco de Asís

(Mission Dolores)

This edifice the construction of which was started in 1788, was dedicated August 2, 1791. An adobe structure in use since that time, it is the oldest building in San Francisco. Original adobe brick walls and roof tiles are still in place.

Plaque placed by the California State Society Daughters of the American Revolution Mrs. Evertt E. Jones, State Regent
March 12, 1975
U.S.A. Bicentennial Dedication


San Francisco El Camion Real Landmark Plaque

Picture taken 12:50pm 31 Aug 2003

This landmark sign is on the front wall outside the Mission. It marks the end of the original El Camino Real; however the actual end of the road sign is at the Mission in Sonoma. Note that this one specifically says “…as Padre Serra knew it…” to qualify the sign.

El Camino Real

This plaque is placed on the 250th anniversary of the birth of California’s Apostle, Padre Junípero Serra, OFM, to mark the northern terminus of El Camino Real as Padre Serra knew it and helped to blaze it.

1713 – November 24 – 1963

California Registered Historical Landmark No. 784

Plaque placed by the California State Park Commission in cooperation with the Committee for El Camino Real
November 21, 1963