Mission San Francisco de Solano

Mission San Francisco de Solano was founded in Sonoma July 4, 1823 by Father José Altimira and named for Saint Francis Solano, missionary to the Peruvian Indians. The mission was dedicated in April 1824 and in 1827 the original church was replaced by a larger church.

The mission was the last to be founded and the northernmost. Father José Altimira, the last of the Spanish Franciscans to operate in the California Missions Chain, set the location so far north to help push the Russians out of the area. Despite the fears, the Russians surprised the Spanish pioneers by donating a bell and other copper utensils.

The site chosen by Father Altimira was sunny and far away from the cold and dampness of the Bay Area. The last founding Father hoped that these favorable conditions would have kept the Indian converts healthier. However, Mission San Francisco Solano served as a mission only for a short period of time.

In 1834 the mission was secularized and razed in 1837. In 1840 the present chapel was built as the parish church for Sonoma. The mission was sold in 1881. In 1903 the Historical Landmark League purchased the mission and started a restoration project. When completed, in 1913, the League turned the property over to the state. Further restoration was then done and the mission is now part of the Sonoma Mission State Historic Park.

Location of Mission San Francisco de Solano

114 E Spain Street, Sonoma, CA 95476, United States

Official Website of Mission San Francisco de Solano

Official Mission Website