Mission San Jose was established in 1797 at the site of an active Ohlone settlement. Click here for more information about the history of our location.
Our location and history are a treasure and a constraint. Our parish property has been characterized as Alameda County’s most important historic site. The Mission is a California Registered Historical Landmark, and the Mission and museum building are on the National Registry of Historic Places.
The city has classified the Carriage House as a “primary historic resource” and identified hundreds of “landmark trees” on our property requiring protection. We are also covered by the city’s hillside ordinance, Mission San Jose Historic District design guidelines, and riparian corridor policy because of the creek running along the north side of our property.
Recently, two state-recognized Native American tribes have determined that our property is a “tribal cultural resource.” We do not yet know how this will affect us.
The map below shows the buildings on our parish campus and the year each was built:
In addition to these buildings and the small cemetery next to the Mission church, the parish also owns St Joseph Cemetery, which is located about a mile south of the parish campus on Mission Boulevard at Felipe Common.
Here’s a look quick tour of our parish facilities:
Parish Facilities Condition
The average age of our parish buildings, excluding the museum (1809) and Carriage House (1882) was 53 years in 2021. As our facilities continue to age, our repair and maintenance needs will increase.
The Diocese completed a detailed condition assessment of our buildings and grounds in 2013. Our parish facilities were generally found to be in good condition, except for the Carriage House which requires major repair.
The 2013 Diocesan assessment identified over $1.4 million in recommended repairs and preventive maintenance excluding the Carriage House. The cost of the recommended preventive maintenance work has increased since the assessment’s 2013 estimate. And as our building grow older, new maintenance needs arise. An example is leaking rain gutters at the Mission museum causing water damage to the museum’s adobe walls.
Parish Facility Maintenance and Improvement Priorities
The parish facilities team is working to create a comprehensive, multi-year maintenance plan for our buildings and grounds. In addition to immediate termite abatement in the church and Mission museum, replacing the museum’s rain gutter and repairing the water damage to the museum’s adobe walls, facility priorities include:
Additional priorities for the parish facilities team include renovating the Carriage House (click here for more information) and resolving remaining challenges to our new church project (click here for more information).