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Published on Tuesday, March 19, 2019

Mission San José is Restored by Light

Residents invited to family-friendly free event this Friday!

CONTACT: Ashley Alvarez, (210) 207-2098


SAN ANTONIO (Mar. 19, 2019) – The Office of Historic Preservation invites all of San Antonio to this year’s Restored by Light at Mission San José, 701 E. Pyron, on Friday, March 22, starting at 6 p.m. The evening will begin with family-friendly activities and entertainment. At dusk, Mission San Jose will be Restored By Light to its original frescoed façade using projection technology. 


“The Missions were colorful, decorated with geometric patterns in reds, yellows and bright grays,” said Shanon Miller, Office of Historic Preservation director. “San Antonians will be transported back in time and see Mission San José as it was almost 300 years ago.”


According to preservation experts, at least two of San Antonio’s missions, Mission Concepción and Mission San Jose, were likely adorned with colored geometric patterned frescoes. In the 1920’s San Antonio artist Ernst Schuchard studied the visible remnants of these frescoes and created decorated scaled models of the missions.


The schedule of events is as follows:


6 p.m. – Kids activities and tours of Mission San José
7 p.m. – Free concert by USAA Band and Chorus
8:10 p.m. – Welcome
District 3 Councilwoman Rebecca Viagran 
Shanon Miller, Office of Historic Preservation director
8:15 p.m.Restored By Light begins  


The event is FREE and parking will be available off Napier Ave. Residents are encouraged to bring lawn chairs, blankets and a picnic. Several food trucks will also be on site.


Restored by Light is made possible by City of San Antonio Office of Historic Preservation, USAA, and the National Park Service. For more information, visit

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