The Adobe Chapel was originally built in 1850 as a home, and was converted to a church by Don José Aguirre in 1858. After having been bulldozed for street realignment in the 1930s, the WPA rebuilt the adobe chapel in 1937. Much of the interior artifacts from the original chapel have been retained, including the tabernacle, the altar with its beautiful marbleized finish, some woodwork including pews and doors, and José Aguirre’s tombstone is laid in the floor.
It is said to be the setting of fictional wedding of Romona in the novel of the same name by Helen Hunt Jackson.
Directions & Parking: The Adobe Chapel is located at 3963 Conde Street in historic Old Town San Diego. A small number of 2-hour unmetered parking spaces are available on the streets of Old Town. Free all-day parking is available in large public parking lots on Juan Street between Harney and Twiggs Streets.