This wonderful museum has some lovely historical pictures of the missions past. Loads of native pottery, santos, trade and commerce items and an impressive display of array of native baskets. I appreciate the detail pictorials for educational purposes. It explains the purpose of each of the structure. That is great for kids. There is so much to see...more
This park is adjacent to a regular park with picnic tables and many other facilities. This area is called the Memorial Gardens with a beautiful array of roses and two lovely fountains. Next to one of the fountains is a statue dedicated to Father Lasuen.Facility Hours Of Operation:Monday - Friday: Dawn to DuskSaturday: Dawn to DuskSunday: Dawn to...more
The Romulo Pico Adobe is the oldest residence building in San Fernando Valley. The original part of the structure was built by Native Americans in 1847 and was located in the middle of the missions vineyards. Eulogio de Celis was sold much of the missions land, which back then was most of San Fernando Valley and the adobe of course was part of it....more
The Convento was thirteen years in construction and finally completed in 1822 and it boast twenty one Roman arches, four foot adobe walls and the original iron grilles. In addition to the artistically and authentically refurbished rooms, there is El Teatro de Fray Junipero Serra which offers visitors a choice of several historical films on early...more
On July 22, 2005 the earthly remains of Leslie Townes "Bob Hope" were permanently entombed in the tiny cemetery adjoining the Church at San Fernando Mission. The Bob Hope Memorial Garden was solemnly inaugurated by Roger Cardinal Mahony on July 27, 2005 the second anniversary of Mr. Hope's demise. In the history of our country there have been many...more
The blessed Junipero Serra, the proto Presidente of the California Missions, sculpted by Dale Smith and fabricated at the Studio America Foundry in memory of Eugenie B. Hannon, was dedicated on November 8th, 1992 by Father Noel Francis Moholy, O.F.M., Vice Postulator for the Serra Cause.more
This actually the fourth church built, but an exact replica of the earlier edifice erected between 1804 and 1806. Measuring 166 by 35 ft, its wall are seven feet thick at the base, tapering to five feet at the top. The interior furnishings were used in the earlier church. There were 3,188 baptisms, 2,449 burials, and 842 marriages at San Fernando...more
A native of Vitoria, Spain, Lasuen served as Presidente of the California Missions for eighteen years. He is buried at San Carlos Borromeo Mission, Carmel. This beautiful mission became the seventeenth in the chain of outposts along Alt California's El Camino Real, was established by him 1736-1803 on September 8, 1797.This wonderful statue is...more
The food was some of the best Italian I've had. I had spagetti with a spicy sauce with Italian sausage, but they do have milder. It is a family run place, with the mom & pop and their kids working there. The owner was very friendly as was the atmosphere. Inside and outside dining. Prices were moderate. Next door to Best Wertern.more
The Bear Pit-Missiouri Style Barbeque, when I think of American food it doesn't get any more American than this. This is where you can dine on some down home cooking...Missiouri barbeque style. It's a family run operation and it has been open for years. It's a very popular place with locals and out of towners alike. It is located right on the...more
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There really isn't any nightlife in Mission Hills with the exception of a few taverns & restaurants frequented my long time residents. I'm not going to even bother naming them instead I'll just mention my favorite nightlife spot in Mission Hills, Starbucks Coffee lounge. This is where I come every night to read the Los Angeles Times or a book, do some journal writing, listen to the groovy music, and enjoy either a Grande Mocha Frapuccino or a Spice Mocha hot coffee drink. It's always packed with regular locals & visitors & its a great place to find conversation or just people watch.
Dress Code: Typical Starbucks attire....just about anything, as long as you are clothed.
From downtown Los Angeles you can reach Mission Hills (or the San Fernando Mission) by taking the 405 freeway North and exit where the freeway intersects with the 118 (Ronalad Regan freeway).
Luckily you won't have to deal with a collapsed freeway system like this pictured above. In January of 1993 a major earthquake struck Los Angeles and it was centered in the northern San Fernando Valley where I happen to live. This is the overpass that was near my house when the quake struck (the man in this car survived). It literally felt like the end of the earth and you can get an idea of how powerful and massive the quake was to be able to topple America's busiest freeway, the 405! It's obvioously repaired now so happy driving!!!
To enter the mission, you pay your admission in the gift shop. This is a wonderful gift shop with lots of wonderful things to chose from such as books, bibles, statues, cards, and so much more.
There is free parking and the admission price is as follows: Adults: $4, Children ages 7-11 are $3 and children under age 7 are free. The mission is open daily from 9 am-4:30 pm and there is mass on Sunday at 9 and 10:30 am.
The people of Mission Hills are friendly but don't expect all of them to be as friendly as these two. It really is a very multi-cultural community comprised of chicano, Latino, Asian, African-American, and Anglo folks (similar to the ethnic make up of Los Angeles city). It's a middle class community with well kept homes and quiet neighborhoods...though its no Beverly Hills (thank goodness!).
We no longer have a baseball team to call our own but I'm sure these guys, from the days gone past, would have made us proud. Baseball is America's sport & it seems it was also the sport of Mission Hills residents.
The only warning I will give you is to CHECK OUT MY EXTENSIVE SAN FERNANDO MISSION TRAVELOUGE. Other than that you may want to stay away from the Sepulveda corridor at night because practitioners of 'the world's oldest profession' are running a brisk buisness just a mile or so down Sepulveda Blvd. One interesting fact about this area is that our local community police station, the LAPD Foothill Division, is where the police officers who beat Rodney King were stationed. As you may know that beating by those police officers sparked one of the deadliest riots in US history..the LA Riots. Funny thing is Mission Hills and the surrounding area was untouched by those taking part in the riots.
NOT A TOURIST TRAP: There are so few tourists in Mission Hills and the surrounding area that I cannot name one tourist trap but I can suggest one more historical site that should be paid a visit upon coming to the area, Casa de Geronimo Lopez adobe in San Fernando. It's another Spanish era historical residence that is now a preserved historical site and museum.
While the majority of Armenian Immigrants live in the communities of Hollywood, North Hollywood, and Glendale there is a little known museum in Mission Hills that displays artifacts from the heighth of the Armenian civilization. In an attempt to preserve their fast vanishing culture they've put together an interesting display that highlights their art, music, literature, and documentation of the genocide of the Armeninan people by the Turkish government (as depicted in a statue 'Mother Armenia Rising Out Of The Ashes' located at the museum.
Ararat-Eskijian Museum and Library
Ararat Home of Los Angeles
15105 Mission Hills Rd. Mission Hills, Ca 91345, U.S.A.
Telephone (818) 838-4862
Hours: Saturday afternoons from 1:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Sunday afternoons from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
First Tuesday of each Month, during the monthly luncheons of the Ararat Home from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00p.m.
Mission San Fernando Rey de Espana:
If you are taking a tour of the California Missions or just happen to be in North Los Angeles you must make a visit to the Mission San Fernando, Rey de Espana, was established by Fray Fermin Francisco De Lasuen on September 8, 1797 as one of a chain of missions which were built to convert the native peoples to Christianity and to consolidate Spanish power along the coast of California.
The Mission Church is an exact replica of the original church which was built between 1804 and 1806. The walls of the church are seven feet thick at the base and five feet thick at the top. The material used was adobe brick and the people who built it were primarily the native peoples, who were called the Gabrielinos (Spanish name) or the Tongva.
The establishment of the missions in California was traumatic for the native peoples. It brought about a forced change in their lifestyle, beliefs and culture. In addition, the Spanish unwittingly brought diseases for which the native peoples had not developed resistance, thus causing the death of a large percentage of the population.
At one time the mission was a huge ranch with 121,542 acres of land. It had 21,745 cattle, sheep and horses and it produced corn, wheat, tallow, soap, hides, shoes, cloth, wine, olive oil and ironwork. Woodwork, saddles and weaving were made in some of the workshops that can be seen there. The Convento, where the priests lived was completed in 1822.
Fondest memory: I grew up my entire life only a mile away from this mission. As a young boy I always knew that there was something special about this place and though I couldn't grasp the historical significance of the San Fernando Misson I was always in awe of the place anytime I'd pass it by on my way home.
Mission San Fernando Rey de Espana:
Founded: September 8, 1797 by Father Fermin Lasuen
Named for: St. Ferdinand, King of Spain (1217-1252)
Location: on Mission Drive, 1 1/2 miles west of the city of San Fernando in Mission Hills at 15151 San Fernando Mission Blvd
Mission Hills CA 91345