Protection: Faux Bois Railings at the Grist Mill

This significant and necessary upgrade replaced rotted wooden posts and rails around and throughout the grist mill at Mission San José. Using the faux bois technique (concrete fabricated to look like wood), San Antonio artist Carlos Cortés and his team of artists created posts and top-rails that provide more enduring strength, stability and sustainability. New faux bois security and safety rails now also allow safe access to the stairway that leads to the lower horizontal wheel. The beauty of the faux bois work is that it remains inconspicuous within the historic setting. A private donor provided partial funding for the project and the Mission Heritage Partners funded the final amount needed to complete the project.

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Mission Heritage Partners provide volunteer and financial support for the preservation, protection, interpretation and enjoyment of the San Antonio Missions National Historical Park. Since 1984, the official friends group to the park has raised more than $4 million to benefit the San Antonio park. Additional support garnered by Mission Heritage Partners through advocacy efforts total more than $70 million in value.

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