The Ruins of San Jose 1875 by George Hallmark



The Ruins of San Jose, 1875 by George Hallmark
On March 19, 1768, the foundation for a new church just outside of present-day San Antonio was dedicated. Mission San Jose y San Miguel de Aguayo was to become on of the most beautiful in the Southwest. After flourishing for several years, the mission began a gradual decline until Christmas Eve 1874, when the church's dome collapsed. The derelict church remained in this condition until the early 1900's, when local preservationists began a campaign to restore San Jose. After years of intensive labor, the mission is now part of the National Park Service. This print is from an edition size of only 195 in this series.