A Historical View of the San Antonio Missions
After the move from East Texas, the padres and the indigenous people, who had come with them, constructed rough temporary shelters with thatched roofs to accommodate their living and worship needs. The new inhabitants dug irrigation ditches, plowed fields, planted crops and tended the livestock they had brought.

As they settled in, they built Mission Concepcion following the design of the general mission plan. Within the stone walls of the mission compound stood the usual buildings: a stone granary, a convento for the priests, quarters along the outer walls for the indigenous families, various workshops, and the church.

About this Image:
1) An aerial view of the Mission Concepción church and grounds, looking east. The three–story, red brick building to the left is the former St. John's Seminary, built in 1920.

2) Drawing showing the plan of the church at Mission Concepción. Drawing is taken from San Antonio de Bexar by William Corner, published in 1890.

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Courtesy of the San Antonio Conservation Society Foundation.
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2) Plan of Mission Concepcion, c. 18902) Plan of Mission Concepcion, c. 1890