Mission Santa Clara de Asis was founded by Fr. Junipero Serra in 1777, the 8th of 21 California missions. Originally settled along the banks of the Guadalupe River, the mission was relocated to this site in 1822 because of natural disasters such as fires, earthquakes and floods. In 1926, the original adobe was destroyed by a fire. This current building was a larger reconstruction of the original and dedicated in 1928, recalling the Spanish colonial style.
Originally, all Baja and Alta California were intended as Jesuit missions. But Spanish political conflicts in 1767 transferred the mandate of Alta California to the Franciscans. During the height of the Gold Rush, Mission Santa Clara was transferred to the Jesuits to establish a school.
On 19 March 1851, Frs. John Nobili SJ and Michael Alcotti SJ established the first college of higher learning in California. Santa Clara is the oldest operating institution of higher learning in California and has remained in its original location for 166 years.
I love the Mission Revival Architecture of Santa Clara University. It mirrors the Spanish colonial architecture of the Mission Santa Clara de Asis, situated around the university structures. And I love their flowers.