Old St. Raymond's Church
A Perfect Venue!
Old St. Raymond's Church is available for weddings, memorials, baptisms, and intimate gatherings. If you would like to have your ceremony in a very special place, reserve Old St. Raymond's in Dublin. The charming chapel, built in 1859, has a white clapboard exterior, Gothic arched windows, heart redwood floors, and can seat up to 68 people.
Take your vows in an uncluttered space that embraces you with a sense of peace and tranquility. Not only is the church available for weddings and other kinds of ceremonies, but the nave - which has excellent acoustics - can also accommodate meetings and musical programs.
Old St. Raymond's Church
- Old St. Raymond's Church was placed on the National Register of Historic Places on April 12, 2006.
- The church was registered with California’s Office of Historic Preservation on July 18, 1967.
- This church is the only building on the site that sits in its original location.
- Before the church was built, Dublin residents had to travel across the ridge to Mission San Jose. Dublin residents in 1859 donated land and pooled their money to purchase the materials needed to construct their own church.
- The church name reflects the area’s beginnings as Rancho San Ramon (Saint Raymond).
- It is situated on four acres of land donated by Michael Murray and Jeremiah Fallon, and possibly James Witt Dougherty. (There was a dispute about the land ownership.)
- The church was built in 1859 with wood from the Oakland Redwood Forest.
- Tom Donlon perished when he fell from the roof of the church during construction. He was buried in what became the Dublin Pioneer Cemetery, located adjacent to Old St. Raymond's Church.
- Archbishop Alemany of San Francisco and Father Federa of Mission San Jose consecrated the church in April 1860.
- St. Raymond's Church held its first wedding in 1866. Ellen Fallon (Jeremiah Fallon’s daughter) married William Tehan.
- The steeple and bell tower were added to the building in 1880.
- Father King from St. Mary’s in Oakland rode a horse/ donkey over to Dublin once a month for mass.
- The church was built in the Vernacular Gothic Revival style.
- By 1966, the church was falling apart and mass was being held at the chapel at Camp Parks. In 1967, the Amador-Livermore Valley Historical Society took control and were able to save and restore the church.
- This church became known as "Old St. Raymond's Church" after the more modern St. Raymond Church in Dublin was built in 1961.