Lecture on the History and Restoration of the Royal Presidio Chapel in Monterey
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Old Monterey Foundation presents a free lecture on the history and restoration of the Royal Presidio Chapel given by William Breen, a docent at Royal Presidio Chapel and San Carlos Cathedral. The lecture will be held 6pm-7pm at Irvine Auditorium in the McCone Building on the campus of MIIS. There will be a wine and cheese reception immediately following the event.
The parish of San Carlos will celebrate the 250th anniversary of its founding in June 2020. This, the longest continuously operating house of worship on the West Coast, has witnessed the full span of Monterey’s history. San Carlos Cathedral began as The Royal Presidio Chapel, serving the officials and soldiers that claimed Alta California for Spain, and the building is the oldest architecturally-designed, block-construction structure in California. During a recent renovation, many artifacts and clues to the original design scheme were unearthed.
The lecture will explore several issues including: the reasons the Spanish returned to Monterey after a more than 160-year absence; Father Serra’s choice to abandon Monterey as a mission and transfer his efforts to Carmel; changes in San Carlos’ status, parishioners, and architecture over the centuries; and reasons for the major retrofit of the building and the resulting discoveries.
These lectures are very popular so attendees are urged to come early to secure a seat. This lecture is suitable for ages 9 and up.