|Wedding event at Serra Museum in Old Town.|
Image courtesy of AS Photography
What could be more romantic than a wedding in a historic chapel, a vibrant classical garden or an elegant early 20th-century mansion designed by one of San Diego's finest architects? San Diego county is rich in historic wedding venues and many are booked far in advance,” said Save Our Heritage Organisation in a recent post (www.soho.org).
All of the ten venues on our list of favorites add distinction, character and a vivid connection to San Diego's cultural heritage. Make your wedding a historic one. Here's SOHO’s list, in chronological order of date built.
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Adobe Chapel Museum
3963 Conde Street, San Diego, CA 92110
Originally built as a home in 1850, it was converted to a church by Don José Aguirre, one of the founders of new San Diego, in 1858. Much of the original chapel's interior furniture and artifacts have been retained.
Temple Beth Israel
2454 Heritage Park Row, San Diego, CA 92110
This is San Diego's first synagogue and the second oldest synagogue structure extant in the American West. Built in 1889 and set high with lush lawns surrounding it, the Victorian era structure makes for a beautiful setting for a ceremony and reception. Moved from its original site to Heritage Park the temple is now owned by the County of San Diego.
Stein Family Farm
1808 F Avenue, National City, CA 91950
This ca. 1900 living history farm museum is a delightful, rustic place for outdoor weddings. Dine and dance among the historic farmhouse and barn, gardens and orchard.
Marston House Museum & Gardens
3525 Seventh Avenue, San Diego, CA 92103
Weddings are held in the historic formal flower garden, which includes lawn, a tea house, tile murals, fountain and a backdrop of brick walls. The house was designed by Hebbard & Gill in 1905; the garden designed by notable landscapers, including architect William Templeton Johnson. This property is listed on the National Historic Register.
La Jolla Woman's Club
7791 Draper Avenue, La Jolla, CA 92037
Considered one of Irving J. Gill's architectural masterpieces, the elegant Woman's Club (built of concrete in 1913-1914) has spacious rooms and lush private gardens. It is in the heart of La Jolla Village, a block from the ocean. It is a National Historic Landmark.
St. Francis Chapel, San Diego Museum of Man
1350 El Prado, San Diego, CA 92101
(619) 239-2001 ext. 31
This beautiful, hidden gem is only open for weddings. It was designed by Bertram G. Goodhue, creator of the Spanish Colonial style buildings and gardens for the 1915 Panama California Exposition. Inside, its spare, mission-style simplicity contrasts with the elaborately decorated, gold leaf altar.
The Thursday Club
1224 Santa Barbara Street, San Diego, CA 92107
Formed in 1921 by four women who wanted to combine socializing with worthwhile civic and charitable projects, the club soon got its own clubhouse on a beautiful hillside in Point Loma with expansive views of the ocean. Weddings and receptions may also be held in the west garden.
7441 Olivetas Avenue, La Jolla, CA 92037
Owner Sybil Darlington had a vision for her home and three renowned San Diego architects helped her achieve it with charming results from 1925 to 1940. Each architect - Herbert C. Palmer, Richard Requa and Thomas Shephard - improved the home with sensitive additions using fine imported materials to maintain the Spanish Revival style.
Junípero Serra Museum
2727 Presidio Drive, San Diego, CA 92103
Frequently confused with the San Diego Mission due to its mission-style architecture by William Templeton Johnson, the Serra museum occupies a prominent spot in Presidio Park, overlooking Mission Valley. The rustic outdoor terrace has views of the city and ocean; the gallery offers an intimate space for wedding and receptions.
La Jolla Historical Society Wisteria Cottage Museum
780 Prospect Street, La Jolla, CA 92037
This quaint cottage - formerly a beloved book shop and landmark on Prospect Street - has been restored and reopened by the La Jolla Historical Society. An early beach cottage, it was designed in 1904 by Irving J. Gill.