Major Essay on Spaces (Final)

Major Essay on Spaces (Final) - Ong 1 Ralph Ong Professor...

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Ong Ralph Ong Professor Lasley ENGL 1A 15 November 2011 Mission Church: A Place for Everyone or Not? The California Missions, a series of religious and military movement instituted by the Spanish Franciscan Order, were established because of both political and religious motives – to expand Spain’s influence on the New World, to colonize the rich California coast, and to convert Native Americans to Christianity. It is important to be aware of its significance because it had a very large influence on the present California – the delectable Spanish delicacies, the many buildings that exhibit Spanish architecture, and the numerous people who speak Spanish and practice the Christian faith. Nowadays, the twenty-one California Missions establishments continue to serve as unique physical representations of this momentous era in California history. One such institution of the California Missions that remains influential is the Santa Clara de Asís, more commonly known as the Mission Church for the Santa Clara neighborhood. The Mission Church was built in 1777 and was named for St. Claire of Assisi, founder of the Order of Poor Ladies wherein members live a life of simplicity. After enduring a number of calamities that resulted in its destruction, the church was once again restored in 1928. The Mission Church currently sits on the campus of Santa Clara University, and it serves as a venue for churchgoers to practice their faith and for the public to appreciate the rich California history. With its ironic fusion of superficial simplicity and inner intricacy, the Mission Church stirs nostalgia amongst people and creates a breathtaking environment that leaves people in awe. Unlike stylish Gothic cathedrals, the superficial design of the Mission Church is based on early nineteenth century Spanish architecture, giving it a simple appearance. It is only two stories 1
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Ong high, covers a rectangular area, and has only a single bell tower. The roof is composed of adobe bricks with a likely “imbrex and tegula” pattern accompanied by a cross standing on top of it. The walls of the church are made up of concrete with plaster and are beige in color. A beautiful environment surrounds the church. To the left of the church is the Mission Gardens, an alluring lawn that is complemented by wooden archways and benches, while the Rose Garden – a courtyard with multicolored flowers – is at its right. There are three bronze statues at the main entryway: St. John Baptist to the left, St. Clare of Assisi in the middle, and St. Francis of Assisi to the right. Three huge wooden doors lead to the main entrance. Despite the simple exterior architectural style of the Mission Church, its interior design is truly embellished and painstakingly detailed. The red curtains are initially seen upon entry of the church. There is a staircase to the left of the main entryway that leads to the second floor balcony, where the choir used to sing back in the days when there were still no microphones.
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  • Winter '06
  • Prior,William
  • Santa Clara University, Mission Church, Ralph Ong

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