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3963 Conde Street
San Diego, CA 92110

Phone: (619) 297-7511
32.751618, -117.194241

Dog-Friendly: No    Kid-Friendly: Yes

HOURS: Sat & Sun- 12-4pm


*NOTE: You can visit this museum for free with a Whaley House admission.  Please ask front desk for tour**

The Old Adobe Chapel is one of the many historic features that can be visited in Old Town. This structure was originally the home of San Diego's first coroner, John Brown, but was later purchased by Don José Antonio Agüirre and turned into a Catholic chapel.

On November 21, 1858, it was dedicated as the Church of Immaculate Conception and later enclosed by weatherboarding.  One of the most interesting facts about this chapel is that Agüirre’ s tomb is actually inside, located in the small right wing.

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 also said to be the setting of fictional wedding of the novel Ramona, by Helen Hunt Jackson.

Directions & Parking: The Adobe Chapel is located at 3963 Conde Street. 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.

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  • Renee Robinson
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    I had the pleasure of visiting the Chapel a few weeks ago. There was a very knowledgeable docent there who shared a lot of information about not only the Chapel but of Old Town and the Presidio. She also has worked at the Whaley House for many years and shared her haunting experiences with me. My question is, is there any evidence of spirits occupying the Chapel?

    June 13, 2019

  • Anonymous
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    @Renee Robinson,

    Well I was there today. When I went inside I felt a numbness on the right side of my face and it went completely numb. I also felt a tingling feeling, but as soon as I stepped out the sensations stopped. I don’t know if it was a spirit, but it sure was weird.

    June 18, 2019

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