Scottsdale Charros give shot in the arm to Old Adobe Mission renovation effort

A view of the interior of the Old Adobe Mission. (Submitted photo)

A view of the interior of the Old Adobe Mission. (Submitted photo)

The preservation of a community’s landmarks often allows future generations to carry on the traditions of generations past.

The Old Adobe Mission in Scottsdale is a testament to the “religious and cultural commitment that transformed a community” that ought to be preserved and cherished, according to Rad Masinelli, Old Adobe Mission Board of Directors chairman.

“The Old Adobe Mission was built by hand in 1933 by the Mexicans who settled in Scottsdale in the late 1910s,” he said. “It was designed by Robert T. Evans in a Spanish Colonial Revival architectural style. More than 14,000 adobe bricks were used for the construction, each made from a blend of native clay, hay, soil and water, and weighing 50 pounds, carried and placed by hand.”

The Old Adobe Mission is at 3821 N. Brown Ave. in Scottsdale where it has been a part of the Our Lady of Perpetual Health Roman Catholic Parish since 1949.

The Old Adobe Mission is at 3821 N. Brown Ave.

The Old Adobe Mission is at 3821 N. Brown Ave.

“In 1949 it became the home of Our Lady of Perpetual Help Parish and served the community until 1956 when a new, larger church was built to accommodate the growing parish,” said Mr. Masinelli.

The Scottsdale Charros believe the monument of local Christian faith and testament to Mexican settlers who played a defining role in the evolution of the Scottsdale community ought to be maintained.

For 52 years the Scottsdale Charros have been in constant pursuit of improving the lives of Scottsdale residents while preserving the community’s ties to its western heritage.

The philanthropic outfit has provided the Old Adobe Mission with a $1,500 grant to go toward its current renovation effort, which church leaders say is to return the mission to a center of quiet and reflection for locals and tourists.

“For local residents and future visitors from the world over, the Old Adobe Mission will represent a true, historic monument of faith,” said Mr. Masinelli of the restoration effort.

“Its splendor is forever captured in the simplicity of its design, and its quiet, majestic beauty that will call out to anyone seeking a peaceful place for prayer, contemplation, meditation and serenity. It will be a vivid reminder of the true history of Old Scottsdale.”

The restoration effort entails the creation of a new beacon for the Christian legacy built within the community of Scottsdale, Mr. Masinelli explains.

“The current planned renovations include the demolition of an existing, outdated, non-historic structure and the construction of a 1,200-square-foot addition, which will include a historical gallery for the community, complete with drawings, photographs, maps, deeds, books and artifacts, plus additional storage, two ADA-compliant restrooms, a meeting room and a kitchen that will allow the Mission to host more gatherings and events while continuing to showcase its history and relevance,” he said.

Mr. Masinelli says renovations are scheduled to be completed by the fall of 2015.

“The kind and generous donation from the Charros will be applied to the cost of the renovation project,” he said of where grant Charros grant dollars will go.

To learn more about the renovation efforts at the Old Adobe Mission call 480-947-4331.

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