A jewel at the heart of Tucson’s rustic beauty.

San Pedro Chapel Wedding
Photo by Michael Chansley Photography, www.michaelchansley.com

The San Pedro Chapel, which sits on a hillside overlooking the Old Fort Lowell Neighborhood, is both a neighborhood icon and a national treasure. It was built by residents of the neighborhood in 1932 and served as their principal place of worship for decades. Today, this beautiful building is the site of many weddings and other events, such as neighborhood gatherings, historic lectures, art exhibits, parties, and memorials.

“Once they see it, most people planning a wedding area eager to reserve it for their special day,” said Linda Walker, the chapel rental coordinator. ”They love its beauty, historic charm, and the fact that it can be rented for far less than many other wedding venues in Tucson.” Completely restored, the historic Chapel provides seating for 100 guests. The exposed beam ceiling, rustic details, and charming artwork provide an elegant and authentic setting for virtually any event.

The Adobe House, adjacent to the Chapel, is the perfect location for rehearsal dinners, family gatherings, and small meetings. This building provides a table that seats 16-18 with a cozy, corner fireplace. A separate support building provides a kitchen with refrigerator, dishwasher and prep area.

Unlike the typical wedding location, San Pedro Chapel can be rented for the entire day the ceremony takes place. There are also many decorations stored on site that can be used free of charge.

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Rent the Chapel

Rent the picturesque San Pedro Chapel for your next function! 

San Pedro is an ideal venue for baptisms, coming of age celebrations, weddings, private parties, classes and seminars, workshops, memorials, anniversary celebrations or concerts.  The Chapel accommodates 100 people. The Adobe House seats 16-18 people.  Events can occur between 9:00 a.m. and 9:30 p.m.

The rental fee includes use of the Chapel, its grounds, ancillary buildings and extra tables and chairs.  Linens and event accessories are not included.

An ideal location at an ideal price

Our reasonable pricing, free parking and central location make San Pedro Chapel a great choice.

  • Wedding Ceremony  $800.00
  • Wedding & Reception  $1,600.00
  • Parties, Celebrations  $600.00
  • Concerts, Performances  $350.00
  • Meetings, Baptisms, Memorials  $350.00
  • Movie Location  $500.00

Call for information on pricing for art exhibits or other special events.

Contact us today by email or call (520) 302-9265 to learn more.  The San Pedro Chapel Event Coordinator will work with you to ensure your special event is perfect.

Chapel FAQs

What’s included in the rental?
-A full day rental (9 a.m. to 10 p.m.). There is no stress in having to work around someone else’s schedule.
-Full use of the San Pedro Chapel, Adobe House, Services Building and 3 1/2 acres of our beautiful natural setting.
-40 3×6 tables
-100 folding chairs
-Free use of any of our donated decorations
We also try to provide a two-hour courtesy window the day before for interior decorating, rehearsals, etc. This is contingent on whether we have a committed rental for that day.Can I bring my own food/use my own caterer?
Yes.  We provide a small kitchen equipped with refrigerator, sink, and microwave (no stove).  The Adobe House is available and ideal for setting up a buffet line. You and/or your caterer provide the food. You create the setup the way you want per your needs and costs.What are your alcohol policies?
No hard alcohol permitted on the San Pedro Chapel premises. Beer, wine and champagne are permitted.
Do you provide the officiant/pastor?
No.  You must provide your own officiate. Couples being wed have had reverends, ministers, pastors, judges, shamans, healers and newly-licensed friends perform their nuptials.

Is the chapel non-denominational?
Yes.

What is the seating capacity inside the San Pedro Chapel?
The Chapel seats up to 100 people. The existing pews seat 64, and up to 36 chairs can be added.

Do you have AC/Heat?
Yes. The San Pedro Chapel, Adobe House and Services Building are temperature controlled.  You can adjust the thermostat to your comfort level.

Do you have any added costs?
There are no hidden costs or surprise add-ons.  Please see the “Rent the Chapel” section for current rates.Can we have a DJ/live music?
Yes, but out of respect for the surrounding neighborhood, we ask that the music volume be kept at a reasonable level. We also request that music be discontinued by 9:30 p.m.  Dancing is permitted under the ramadas adjacent to the Chapel.
Do you provide parking?
Yes.  There are three parking lots that can accommodate up to 55 cars.When do we have to clean up and restore things to normal?
At the end of your event, you are responsible for restoring the San Pedro Chapel to its original condition. Please allow time for clean-up.

Can my pet be in the wedding?
Yes. Well-mannered, four-legged family members are always welcome.

 Can I use real candles?
Only on a limited basis. Real candles may only be used inside the San Pedro Chapel and only on the altar. Otherwise, no open flame, either inside the Chapel or outside on the Chapel grounds, is permitted.
Electric or battery-operated flicker candles work well and create a very nice ambience.

Do we have to provide towels, toilet paper, etc.?
No. These basic necessities are provided.

 

Contact Us

Contact the San Pedro Chapel Event Coordinator today for more information.  She will work with you every step of the way to ensure your event is perfect and stress-free.

San Pedro Chapel Event Coordinator
info@sanpedrochapel.com
Mobile (520) 302-9265

 

History

A Rich History

In the early 1900’s, families from Sonora, Mexico began moving to the area they called “El Fuerte” which in now Tucson’s Old Fort Lowell Neighborhood.  Initially, they moved into the buildings of the decommissioned Fort Lowell.  As the community grew, adobe homes were built, along with a school, a store, a cemetery and a church.

San Pedro Chapel

The current San Pedro Chapel, dedicated in 1932, was built over the ruins of an older church that was destroyed in a tornado.  Both were constructed by the El Fuerte community.

The hill where the Chapel stands was once the center of El Fuerte. A cluster of houses stood here, served by a well on the northeast slope. In spring and summer, baseball games were played nearby.

San Pedro Chapel served its people until 1948. In 1993 the Old Fort Lowell Neighborhood Association, Inc. purchased the Chapel.  In 2004 the Old Fort Lowell Neighborhood Association began an historic preservation process to restore this piece of Tucson’s history.

La Capillita Sanctuary

This small sanctuary is a reconstruction of the earliest religious structure on this site. First erected in about 1915, La Capillita was served by a Carmelite father who rode out from Holy Family Parish in Tucson. For services, the community gathered in front of this tiny structure under the shade of mesquite trees while the priest stood inside.

In 1997, an archeological exploration revealed the original walls, the mud adobe foundation, and the packed dirt floor of the original sanctuary.  The sanctuary was restored with historic accuracy.

Additional details on the history of the San Pedro Chapel site are available in this brochure.