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Iglesia de San Francisco de Assisi

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    Built in the 1950s, Iglesia de San Francisco de Assisi shows how the local parish adapted modern construction techniques such as concrete blocks and casement windows to traditional ecclesiastical architecture. The churchyard has a small model of the building (bottom left), which the community takes to San Luis during Holy Week for religious observances.
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“Iglesia de San Francisco de Assisi,” National Register of Historic Places Registration Form (October 2011).

María Mondragón Valdez, Casa del Señor: A Brief History of Sangre de Cristo Parish Church and Its Missions (María Mondragón Valdez, 2001).

Additional Information: 

Robert Adams, The Architecture and Art of Early Hispanic Colorado (Niwot: University Press of Colorado, 1974).

Phillip Gallegos, “Religious Architecture in Colorado’s San Luis Valley,” in Enduring Legacies: Ethnic Histories and Cultures of Colorado, ed. Arturo Aldama (Boulder: University Press of Colorado, 2011).

Virginia McConnell Simmons, The San Luis Valley: Land of the Six-Armed Cross (Boulder: Pruett, 1979).

Olibama Lopez Tushar, The People of El Valle: A History of the Spanish Settlers in the San Luis Valley (Pueblo, CO: El Escritorio, 2007).

Arnold A. and Maria Valdez, The Culebra River Villages of Costilla County: Village Architecture and Its Historical Context, 1851–1940 (San Luis, CO: Valdez and Associates, 1991).