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Old Mission Parish Hall Garden Renovations

For Mission San Luis Obispo de Tolosa

In 2012, the Hind Foundation granted $60,000 to historic Mission San Luis Obispo de Tolosa to upgrade, beautify, and enhance accessibility to its garden, courtyard and patio entry. The outdoor renovations were a significant unmet need of the Mission's larger $850,000 project to renovate The Parish Hall, which had not received significant upgrades since 1948. Prior to renovations, the garden area had minimal lighting, chipped and painted walls, failing irrigation, empty planters, and tripping concerns along pathways - all of which lent to a cold and uninspired environment. The new garden area is bright, fresh, and inviting with renewed tile roofs, a new entryway, welcoming adobe block columns and stonework, refreshed outdoor BBQ area, updated landscaping, and improved electrical. 

Noteworthy Outcomes

  • Community Focal Point
    Located in Mission Plaza, the Mission San Luis Obispo de Tolosa serves as an iconic structure in Downtown San Luis Obispo. Previously the Parish Hall and Garden reflected an “institutional” character common to hospitals, orphanages and schools of that era. The upgrades provide a more comfortable, welcoming, and flexible space for guests and parish members alike. 

  • Public Use
    With the improvements, the garden area has seen increased use by the public during lunch breaks, educational tours, events, and weddings.


Area of Funding: Plant & Wildlife Restoration
Type of Funding: Standard Grant
Amount Funded: $60,000
Year Funded: 2012
Year Completed: 2013

About the Organization
Mission San Luis Obispo de Tolosa
751 Palm Street
San Luis Obispo, CA 93401
(805) 781-8220

To be a Eucharistic community, striving to live out the Gospel of Jesus Christ, guided by the power of the Holy Spirit.