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Mission San Diego de Alcalá Receives Historic Preservation Award

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Last month, the Historical Resources Board of the City of San Diego gave Mission San Diego de Alcalá an “Award of Excellence for Architectural Rehabilitation” for the rehabilitation of the Monsignor I. B. Eagen Religious Education Center.

SanDiegoAward2014Built in the 1890’s as the girls’ dormitory for the St. Anthony Indian School, the Religious Education Center recently underwent a full seismic retrofit in accordance with the City of San Diego’s Unreinforced Masonry Ordinance.  Two of the windows on the second floor of the building had to be closed off and filled in to meet seismic requirements.  The infilled area was specifically recessed so that the original window location is still discernable.  The floors, ceilings and roof were securely connected to the walls of the building, as required for retrofitting an unreinforced masonry building.

Existing wood windows, wood doors, plaster walls and ceilings were all preserved and repaired in keeping with the historic appearance of the building.  In addition, the restrooms were updated to current ADA requirements.

As construction progressed on the building, an additional archaeological discovery was made on the lower level. A cobblestone floor was unearthed after an existing concrete stair landing was found to be unstable for use.  A display case has been constructed over the cobblestone pavement to showcase this historic feature.

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The Religious Education Building provides office space and classrooms for our Religious Education and Youth Ministry Programs.  It also houses the Msgr. Joseph Halter Library and Mission Archives, as well as the Bride’s Room for weddings.

Also honored for their contribution to this historic preservation project were: IS Architecture, Mark Sauer Construction, Inc., Melvyn Green & Assoc., Engineered Systems and ASM Affiliates.