You can see and touch so much of our history here: the graves of the original Ohlone and Miwok inhabitants, the Spanish and Mexicans who enslaved and murdered them, the American soldiers and politicians who stole the land from the Mexicans and made their fortunes off the Gold Rush miners...even with all those angry ghosts it's still a serene and beautiful place. The garden is full of flowers and the thick adobe walls of the 250 year old chapel make it a place apart. (Plus if you're a film buff you can see where Hitchcock shot a scene forVertigo.)
Here's the blurb from the mission's website:
Mission Dolores is the oldest intact building in the City of San Francisco and the only intact Mission Chapel in the chain of 21 established under the direction of Father Serra. The beautiful gardens have been restored and planted with traditional native trees, shrubs, flowers, and plants from the 1791 period. The rose garden was a gift of the Golden Gate Rose Society and is tended by members of the Society every week. Our garden also contains an Ohlone Indian ethno-botanic garden and examples of Native American plants and artifacts.
The Mission asks for a donation of $5 ($3 students and seniors)
UPDATE: At 3:00 PM we'll get together to share sketches and chat at Thorough Bread & Pastry cafe on Church Street between 15th and Market.
HOW TO FIND US: Let's meet in the cemetery garden. Introduce yourself to anyone with a sketchbook. Text Laurie at (415)[masked] if you're lost.
PUBLIC TRANSPORT: The 16th Street BART station is 3 blocks east at Mission, the 22 Fillmore bus stops at the front door, the J Church stops one block west on Church Street and the Castro and Church MUNI stations are 4 blocks away.
BIKE: It's close to major bike routes (Valencia Street and 17th Street). Don't know the Bike parking situation, but this is the Mission, so there's gotta be something.
CAR: For directions and parking instructions go to http://missiondolores.org/directions/direction_index.html