San Juan Bautista Historical Society

The Jewel Spangler Smaus Collection

The photos in this collection were taken by Jewel Spangler Smaus, a journalist for the Associated Press. The photos document the restoration of Mission San Juan Bautista during the middle of the 1970s. Prior to the restoration, the Mission side aisles were sealed with adobe bricks as shown in the first few slides. The project restored the Mission to its original three aisle configuration and added the bell wall on the southeast side of the church.

Mission Interior
San Juan Sign
Mission Front
The Project Sign
Downie and Taylor
The Brickyard
Making a Brick
The Arches
The Center Nave
From the Choir Loft
The Side Aisles
The Side Aisle
City of History