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The Abbey in San Diego



The Abbey in San Diego

In 1910, on the fringe of newborn Balboa Park, architect Norman Foote Marsh unveiled the Park Place Methodist Episcopal Church, an acclaimed structure known as “The Abbey.” This striking embodiment of Spanish Colonial Revival architecture boasts a dozen stained glass windows, and is topped with a triumphant statue of Gabriel. The building is believed to be the only classical-revival structure still standing in San Diego. The Abbey is listed on the National Register of Historic Places, an enormous honor reserved for a limited amount of places.

Today, The Abbey on Fifth is a private facility managed by Hornblower Cruises & Events, recipients of the prestigious “Finest Service Award.” Two domed, stained glass skylights bathe the room in a pale glow, while the stained glass windows cast a heavenly light. The feel is a Renaissance cathedral with dark, polished redwood molding and woodwork.

The Abbey is a full-service facility, so after a ceremony up to 300 guests are treated to an elegant reception. Gourmet cuisine is prepared on-site, where bread has been broken and wine shared for 100 years. The services of a full- time wedding coordinator are also available to help you make the most of this unique location.

The Abbey; 1-800-ON-THE-BAY
2825 Fifth Avenue
San Diego, CA 92103

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