Below, the picture on the right shows the building in the mid 1920s. In the second photo you can see the Parish house on the left that was built after the first photo was taken. Also note the urns on the façade of the building. There are four in the earlier picture, and only two in the one on the right. Those were replaced in later reconstructions.
A stone foundation holds up 30-foot-high walls made of mud, grass, and willow saplings interlaced in what is called wattle and daub construction. The building was clad with clapboard in 1865, hiding the inner walls, but park visitors can still see exposed sections on the interior, complete with fingerprints of those who worked on them. The aerial shot below of the mission today is courtesy of the Idaho Heritage Trust, which has been instrumental in many restoration projects at what is now called Coeur d’Alene’s Old Mission State Park.