The Chapel is recognized as a California State Historic building. It was constructed in 1910 as the Saint Mark's Episcopal Church on the north-east corner of Euclid Avenue at "F" Street in Upland. When the congregation eventually left for a larger home, the entire building was given to the Chaffey Communities Cultural Center and was transported to its current location in 1966 in three sections.
Now located on one of Upland's quiet tree-lined streets. The building served exclusively as a museum from 1966 until 1987 when it was victim to an arson. With community support, the building was restored and in 1990 the Cultural Center returned to use as a location for museum, private and community events. Because the chapel itself still exerted much elegance and charm many requests were received for romantic wedding ceremonies to be held here.
Our non-denominational Fleur de Lis Wedding Chapel is an independent business that has been providing weddings here since about 1993. This quaint, wood-shingled building is set far back from the road with it's distinguishing bell tower.
The USS Mattaponi ship's iron bell is on loan from the Naval Historical Center in Washington D.C., and is rung as our brides & grooms make their grand exit. The USS Mattaponi, a fleet tanker, was one of the fastest oilers which served the U.S. fighting forces at sea from World War II to 1972.
Period furnishings were brought in, such as a marble-topped mahogany hutch at the back of the Chapel. The interior conveys an endearing simplicity, but is by no mean plain. Three stained-glass windows showcase a cross and fleur de lis afloat in a sea
of turquoise. The high, vaulted ceilings of rustic wood are graced with an antique crystal chandelier, and the rich oak of the pews, stage, and altar offer a timeless sense of comfort. Against the altar wall, a faded stencil of a cross and more fleurs de lis are softly uplifting.
Though not distracting to your wedding, the Chaffey Communities Cultural Center maintains a presence at this location as well, with their agricultural museum exhibit, area offices and research history library.