The Old Franciscan Missions Of California eBook

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But California has also utilized to a remarkable degree in greater or lesser purity the distinctive features of the Mission style, as I have above enumerated them, in modern churches, hospitals, school-houses, railway depots, warehouses, private residences, court-houses, libraries, etc.

[Illustration:  HIGH SCHOOL, RIVERSIDE, CALIF.  In modern Mission architecture.]

[Illustration:  WALL DECORATIONS ON OLD MISSION CHAPEL OF SAN ANTONIO DE PALA.]

[Illustration:  ARCHES AT GLENWOOD MISSION INN, RIVERSIDE, CALIF.]

Of greater importance, however, than the development of what I regard as a distinct style of architecture, is the development of the Mission spirit in architecture.  Copying of past styles is never a proof of originality or power.  The same spirit that led to the creation of the Mission Style,—­the creative impulse, the originality, the vision, the free, imaginative power, the virility that desires expression and demands objective manifestation,—­this was fostered by the Franciscan architects.  This spirit is in the California atmosphere.  A considerable number of architects have caught it.  Without slavish adherence to any style, without copying anything, they are creating, expressing, even as did the Franciscan padres, beautiful thoughts in stone, brick, wood and reinforced concrete.  In my magnum opus on Mission Architecture, which has long been in preparation, I hope clearly to present not only the full details of what the padres accomplished, but what these later creative artists, impelled by the same spirit, have given to the world.

CHAPTER XXXIV

THE GLENWOOD MISSION INN

It is an incontrovertible fact that no great idea ever rests in its own accomplishment.  There are offshoots from it, ideas generated in other minds entirely different from the original, yet dependent upon it for life.  For instance, which of the Mission fathers had the faintest conception that in erecting their structures under the adverse conditions then existing in California, they were practically originating a new style of architecture; or that in making their crude and simple chairs, benches and tables they were starting a revolution in furniture making; or that in caring for and entertaining the few travelers who happened to pass over El Camino Real they were to suggest a name, an architectural style, a method of management for the most unique, and in many respects the most attractive hotel in the world.  For such indeed is the Glenwood Mission Inn, at Riverside, California, at this present time.

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