The Carmel Mission Foundation (CMF) was established to restore and preserve the historical buildings, grounds and artifacts throughout the 22-acre property that is Carmel Mission. The Foundation is a 501(c)3 Corporation independent from any religious organizations. The Carmel Mission was established in 1771 and is a U.S. National Historic Landmark, a California State Landmark, and is listed in the National Registry of Historic Places.
The Big Idea
To restore the 100-year-old adobe known as the Downie Museum in time to Celebrate the 250th anniversary of the founding of Carmel Mission. The Downie Museum and Forecourt Restoration Project will preserve a 100-year-old structure as a Museum that depicts historic images of the late 19th and early 20th century restoration and artifacts of early mission life unearthed during this construction. Built in 1919, this adobe structure is deteriorating due to unreinforced masonry and needs to be seismically strengthened in accordance with the CA State Law requirements. New electrical, lighting, and fire suppression will be added, and the main visitor restrooms will be relocated doubling the museum exhibit space to showcase the Mission’s great restoration years from 1879-1950. This restoration will enhance the experience for over 300,000 people who visit this National Historic Landmark annually and elevate the history shared with over 400,000 California 4th graders.
We are incredibly fortunate to have a
245-year-old national historic landmark here in Monterey County that helps
educate our youth on the historical importance of Carmel and Monterey in
California history. Over the past decade our community has joined together
and helped the Carmel Mission Foundation successfully restore the basilica
and quadrangle, which are now structurally safe for weddings, funerals and
community events like the Taste of Carmel, Carmel Mission Classic and the
children’s Fiesta Days. We owe it to our children and our children’s children to do our part in preserving this landmark.
- Lindsay B.