Mission Nombre de Dios and Shrine of Our Lady of La Leche

Mission Nombre de Dios and Shrine of Our Lady of La Leche

Where Christian Culture Took Root in the Americas


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Mission Nombre de Dios and Shrine of Our Lady of La Leche

Location: St. Augustine, Florida

Client: Diocese of St. Augustine

Project Scope: Master Planning
Landscape Architecture

Architect: Kasper Architects + Associates

Project Size: 23.1 acres

Project Description & Challenge

Mission Nombre de Dios traces its origins to the founding of the City of St. Augustine, America’s oldest city, in 1565. On September 8, 1565, Pedro Menéndez de Avilés landed and proclaimed this site for Spain and the Church. It was on these grounds that the first Christian Mass in America was celebrated. It was at this sacred spot that the Spanish settlers would begin the devotion to Our Lady of La Leche that continues into the present. The challenge for Marquis Latimer + Halback, Inc. in the development of a master plan and landscape architectural design is the interpretation and protection of the sacred site while balancing the needs of the visitor.

Solution

As you walk through the historic grounds you will be retracing the steps of America’s first founding fathers. The project includes enhancements to the Sacred Acre; the Great Cross; numerous garden and landscape features; and pilgrimage enhancements that ‘organize the visitor experience’. This is the site where western culture and Christian faith took root in our country.

Marquis Latimer + Halback, Inc. | 34 Cordova Street, Suite A, St. Augustine, Florida 32084 | 904.825.6747