Thursday, September 24, 2009
Portola-Crespi Cross, 1969
Harry Henry John Downie, curator and restorer of the Carmel Mission was orginally a San Francisco cabinetmaker. Father Michael O'Connell brought Downie to Carmel in 1931. Downey spent the rest of his life working on Carmel Mission. Downie hewed the replica Portola-Crespi cross out of local redwood. It was erected on December 9, 1969 to celebrate Monterey's Bicentennial. The cross was located at the spot where the Portola expedition had an overlook of the natural harbor in Monterey Bay.