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I want to donate to the Annual Fund
Gifts to Patronato’s Annual Fund are 100% tax deductible and provide essential general operating support*:
Your gift of any amount will help protect Mission San Xavier, one of the most culturally significant at-risk sites in the world by: (Read More »)
Providing regional schools, community centers and special interest groups with visits from members of Patronato’s Speakers Bureau offering specialized presentations on the history and cultural significance of Mission San Xavier to audiences of all ages.
Ensuring Patronato’s Interior Art Conservators are able to conduct regularly scheduled conservation maintenance on the Mission’s fragile and immersive 18th century mural paintings, wooden sculptures and works on canvas.
Supporting Patronato’s Conservation Apprentice Program prioritizing students from the Wa:k O’odham / Tohono O’odham Community. Apprentices partner with Patronato’s Conservation Teams receiving up to 3 years in hands-on training in the fields of Interior Art Conservation, Wood Conservation and traditional Adobe Restoration.
I want to support the current Priority Project: The Iconic Façade
Conservation & Preservation Fund
Support of Patronato’s Conservation & Preservation Fund is vital, enabling the conservation team to perform in-depth research of the 18th Century Church building’s iconic façade, which will guide the preservation work to follow. (Read More»)
Façade Overview & Preservation Approach:
The portal around the Mission’s southern entry was constructed of molded burnt adobe covered in pigmented lime plaster. The estípites, or decorative columns, were made of molded brick around a wooden core. By the 1930s, all but two had fallen and been destroyed. Today, the façade still retains original finishes, however, much has been obscured.
During the 1950s restoration campaign, portions of the façade and sculpture were reconstructed, and the finishes were coated with pigmented cementitious plaster. Though intended to stay true to the original design, the 1950s restoration obscured some of the detail of the intricate relief and statuary.
The estípites are cast replicas of the last two originals remaining, removed in 1942, and are made of “cast stone.” The statue of St. Francis at the broken pediment had slowly deteriorated over the years—only the skirt remained following the 1950s work. It was encased in cement in the late 1970s.
Phase I: Research Phase
Background research to compile existing documentation, including prior reports, correspondence related to the removal of the estípites, and creation of a photo appendix.
Perform a condition assessment of the coated surfaces and statuary, and commission an assessment by a structural engineer to evaluate the structural integrity of the estípites in their existing configuration and other structural concerns.
Address Lightning abatement issues.
Perform additional cleaning tests and materials analysis, building on earlier assessments begun in 2008.
- What is the condition of original finishes beneath cement-based stucco?
- Can the cement-based stucco be easily removed?
- What structural risks are present that may need to be remedied?
Timeline: Much of research phase will take place in Fall 2021, with goal of having answers to the key questions above.
Phase II: Conservation
Perform necessary conservation work per findings and recommendations developed during research phase.
The preservation approach for the façade will be the same as the interior. Primary goals are to assess the current condition of the façade elements, identify areas of deterioration, determine if the previous treatments are reversible, stable, or harmful, and develop treatment recommendations accordingly. The ultimate goal is not necessarily to remove all unoriginal material, but to get the façade to a place where we know that it is stable, structurally sound, and not subject to accelerated deterioration or other risks.
Subsequent Priority Projects, as outlined in the new Conservation Management Plan include:
- The Mortuary Chapel Cemetery Walls Project
- Conserving all remaining sets of original doors
- Environmental Monitoring Project
- Redesign and re-purpose the Museum
- Rehabilitation of the 19th century “Convento” wing
I want to ensure the future of Mission San Xavier
Conservation Maintenance will be ongoing, always. Even when all the major preservation projects are complete, Patronato’s Conservation Management Plan calls for ongoing conservation maintenance.
Your gift to this permanently restricted fund ensures that our Mission is properly cared for, forever.
I’d like to give in memory or honor of someone special
Make a Tribute Gift
Patronato offers Tribute Gifts to help commemorate and remember the most important people and moments in your life. Whether you are making a gift in celebration of a birthday, marriage, retirement or in memory of a loved one consider this special way of connecting with Patronato and our conservation of Mission San Xavier. An acknowledgment of your gift will be sent to the recipient of your choice without reference to the size of the donation.
Tribute gifts can be made to the Fund of your choice:
Donate by Mail
If you’d prefer to donate by check, please send it to:
Patronato San Xavier
PO Box 522
Tucson, AZ 85702
Donation of Securities
Instructions to make a donation of securities can be provided by contacting Kimberly Ely, Development Director, at 520.447.8940 or