The courtyard of the Tumacácori Museum, through which visitors enter the Tumacácori National Historic Site.
DP074-2014 Posted March 15; processed ditto
The primary reason most people visit Tumacácori is to see the ruins of the late 18th century Spanish mission, San José de Tumacácori. That building is a replacement for the earlier (late 17th century) mission, also called Tumacácori, which was the first mission in what is now Arizona. The museum itself, built in 1937 in Mission Revival style architecture, with Spanish Colonial Revival details, is a National Historic Landmark. The courtyard recreates the sort of oasis of calm one imagines original courtyards in Spanish colonial buildings to have been. It sets the tone for a contemplative experience, namely seeing the actual remains of the old mission church.
Last year I posted a photo of the mission that was taken from an alcove room in the passage from the museum to the mission site. That shot was framed by an arched window in the room. Similar arches can be seen in pictures of this 1937 building in the Wikipedia article, http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tumac%C3%A1cori_National_Historical_Park. My shot can be seen here: http://smu.gs/1iNzRw4
Taken December 22, 2012; edited 2014
(Title: Sweet Retreat)