Mission Santa Inés Retrofit Project

Mission Santa Ines from above

CMF has begun a major project to retrofit the landmark Mission Santa Inés in Solvang, CA. Built in 1804 of historic adobe brick, this National Historic Landmark, is currently at risk and vulnerable to the effects of a seismic event or other natural disaster. CMF is working together with Mission Santa Inés to raise the necessary funds to retrofit the historic church.

California is prone to earthquakes. Over the years, several missions have suffered tremendous damage during sizable earthquakes. We are trying to prevent a tragedy from occurring at Mission Santa Ines.

In 2023, a 5.1 earthquake struck nearby Ojai, located 65 miles northwest of the Santa Ynez Valley. Ground movement from that quake was felt at Mission Santa Ines. If a future earthquake has a closer epicenter or a greater magnitude, Mission Santa Ines could be severely damaged and could potentially put human lives in danger devastating this precious National Historic Landmark.

CMF began discussions and fundraising for this project in 2021. In 2022 CMF received a $500,000 federal grant for this project from the National Park Service Save America’s Treasures Program. To help meet the match, mission parishioners have contributed $375,000 toward this much-needed effort. CMF has also received a $50,000 grant from the Santa Ynez Band of Chumash Indians.

We need your help.

The key part of the retrofit will use a modern technique that inserts steel beams into the adobe walls and roof to tie the structure together. In the event of a natural disaster or seismic event, the building will essentially be supporting itself. After this retrofit, the project focus shifts to patching outer wall eroded plaster and strengthening several of the interior wooden beams that have cracked and split.

PHASE I: Outreach, Marketing and Fundraising
PHASE II: Retrofit Preservation Construction
PHASE III: Evaluation and Reporting


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FINANCIAL GOAL:  $1,033,676



After the Mission has been successfully retrofitted utilizing the Department of the Interior established guidelines and OSHA certified safety standards, this National Historic Landmark will be greatly strengthened. The Mission will continue to attract valuable tourism to the Santa Ynez Valley and provide services to the local community for many years to come.

CMF is collaborating with partner organizations, foundations and individuals as we work together to help preserve this historic building and leave a lasting mark on the California landscape. Thanks to our partners we are close to meeting our fundraising goal, but more support is still needed to allow the project to begin. Please consider joining this meaningful, legacy project.

National Parks Service
Mission Santa Inés
Santa Ynez Band of Chumash Indians
Linden Root Dickinson Foundation
John and Beverly Stauffer Foundation
Ann Jackson Family Foundation
Montecito Bank and Trust
Visit Santa Ynez
Individual Donors

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