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San Xavier Del Bac Mission

Tucson, Arizona
County of Pima.
9 miles south of Tucson
National Register Number: 66000191
Resource type: Building.
Property type: Religious facility. The threat level was Satisfactory in
Congressional District: AZ-7 Certified Local Government: NO
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Current use/information: Active church: www.sanxaviermission.org.

Statement of Significance (as of designation - October 9, 1960):
Founded in 1700 by the Jesuits, Bac then formed the extreme northern thrust of Nueva Espana. The present structure is the third, perhaps the fourth, church on the site. Consecrated by Franciscans, it was begun in 1783 and completed in 1797. One of the finest Spanish Colonial churches in the country, it is a synthesis of Baroque design and the desert materials from which it was built by Papago Indian laborers supervised by Spanish-American master craftsmen.

After completing a multi-year restoration program the interior of the church is now in excellent condition. Patrinato of San Xavier, a nonprofit corporation, provides an endowment that is used for historical research, scientific, and educational purposes concerned with restoration, maintenance and preservation of San Xavier del Bac Mission.

Restoration work now focuses on the building exterior. Stabilization and re-plastering of the west bell tower began in 2004 will be completed by the end of 2006. Work will then shift to stabilizing and re-plastering the east bell tower.

Recommendation/Change since last report:
The Diocese of Tucson will be applying for a Save America’s Treasures grant, intended for exterior stabilization work.

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