Mission Dolores


Mission Dolores was founded on 10/09/1776 and its small adobe chapel was dedicated in 1791. The chapel still stands, now by far the oldest building in San Francisco. G.W. Fardon's photo above (ca. 1856) shows the adjacent cemetery, the chapel, and a one-story building just north of the chapel. The fenced cemetery protrudes east from the entrance, into what would now be the sidewalk on Dolores, and a slight incline leads up to the entrance. The wooden balcony above the entry does not appear in later images. This image appears on a white-border RPPC with the caption "about 1833", obviously incorrect.

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These cards show the chapel before the grading of Dolores (no front steps).

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These cards show the chapel with front steps, postdating the grading of Dolores.

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These four cards all use the same image, as does Galloway 13 (not shown). The three Weidner cards have different stock numbers.

Weidner Catalog shows six Weidner 114 variants:

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These b+w cards all use the same post-grading image.

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