Carmel Mission Foundation
Carmel Mission Foundation




The Foundation announced on August 7, 2014 that it had been awarded a $500,000 challenge grant from a donor who wishes to remain anonymous. From this date forward, all new donations will be matched dollar for dollar, until reaching the total match of $500,000. This challenge grant will help the Foundation accelerate its efforts to fund the next phase of the preservation of the Carmel Mission complex. The Foundation is deeply grateful to this most generous donor.



The Foundation has just announced that new plans for the remaining preservation work on the Mission’s historic structures are nearing completion. Following the $5.5 million Basilica restoration last year, the Foundation began a comprehensive new study of the remaining historic structures in the Carmel Mission complex. Included are five museums, California’s First Library, and the Orchard House, California’s oldest continuously occupied residence, built c. 1774. This next phase will encompass seismic retrofits and infrastructure upgrades on historic structures, courtyard restorations, visitor traffic flow, accessibility improvements, and enhancements to the museum experience.

The same preservation team, including the general contractor, Blach Construction, that did such an outstanding job on the Basilica restoration, has now been re-assembled for this next phase. Currently, the project is being analyzed to determine optimum preservation work sequencing, while minimizing Mission disruptions. The project will be about twice the size and complexity of the Basilica restoration. Additional discovery and pre-construction work now needs to be completed, including design drawings and permitting. Once the permits have been obtained and depending on funding, construction work may begin within one year.

Photo courtesy of K.C. Jones


Courtesy of Architectural Resources Group and Franks Brenkwitz & Associates


Preservation Team meets with Docents and parishioners



Crown Prince Felipe and Princess Letizia of Spain visited the Carmel Mission on Wednesday, November 13, in honor of Junipero Serra’s 300th birthday later this month. Vic Grabrian, President of the Carmel Mission Foundation, briefed the royal couple on the history of the Carmel Mission and the recently completed seismic retrofit and restoration of the Basilica. They then placed a wreath on the tomb of Junípero Serra and, after touring the Convento Museum, joined about 90 guests for a private reception in the Mission’s main courtyard. Accompanying the Prince was the Spanish Ambassador to the United States and the President of the Balearic Islands. For more information see the KSBW TV news video.





Carmel Mission Classic Car Show
Wednesday, August 13, 2014
10:00 AM – 4:00 PM

Attend this one-of-a-kind event during the Peninsula’s “car week.” Enjoy wine tasting by several of Monterey County’s finest vineyards. Your spectator entrance fee of $30.00 also includes a complimentary wine glass, wine tasting, and tours of the Carmel Mission and its museums. One of the featured cars is Steve McQueen’s 1957 Jaguar XKSS on loan from the Peterson Automotive Museum in Los Angeles. It was one of only 16 built.

Visit for more information. Proceeds benefit the charities of the Knights of Columbus and the Carmel Mission Foundation’s restoration efforts. As a sponsor, the Carmel Mission Foundation will have a booth at the event.


Saturday, September 13, 2014
2:00 PM – 5:00 PM

Devendorf park,
Downtown Carmel-by-the-Sea

Sponsored by rich Pèpe, Jack Galante and the Carmel Mission Foundation, this third annual Carmel-by-the-Glass will be a fun-filled winemaker’s celebration. Mingle with locals and visitors while you enjoy regional wines, light bites and music, all set to a wine harvest theme.

VIP Pass $65, Advance Pass $45, and General Admission on the day of the event $50. For
VIP and advance tickets, call (831) 402-7373.

Net proceeds benefit the Carmel Mission Foundation.