Restoration work at the historic and beloved San Xavier del Bac Mission has reached a milestone.
After five years, repairs on the west tower were finished last week, just in time for Christmas Eve Mass. Restoration work on the east tower is expected to begin next year and take at least three years to complete.
The mission, which is more than 200 years old, has been undergoing a multimillion-dollar rejuvenation that began with interior preservation in 1989.
The work has been funded by Patronato San Xavier, a local nonprofit organization.
To see photos of the before and after work, and help with a contribution, go to the organization’s Web site.
This is a Tucson treasure we cannot lose.
• More online: www.patronatosanxavier.org