The Center is located at 645 S. 2nd Avenue in the Century Heights Historic District of Old Yuma and operates as a cultural complex as well as a multi-venue events center. The Complex consists of two historic buildings, a rose garden, a large private patio, kitchens and parking.
Old St. Paul's Church, built in the style of the English chapel, is individually listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Built in 1909, it is an Arizona treasure considered by many to be the finest Gothic building in the Southwest. It seats up to 250 patrons for our various functions. As a wedding facility it is open to all denominations. A wedding officiant or pastor is available to help you with your wedding plans and with your wedding ceremony.
Equally charming, the Center's Annex resembles a small English castle. It houses our offices, the Center's Little Gateway Theater seating 125 and doubling as a Reception Hall seating from 50 to 80 depending on seating configuration and usage. The Annex also houses our Library & Classroom which seats up to 45 and doubles as our private and spacious Bridal Dressing Room. And with the addition of our private Patio Garden, our reception and party facilities can accommodate events with up to 300 guests.
St. Paul's Cultural Center is also the home of Yuma's premier heritage cooking school, Tina's Cocina which also offers catering that will meet your budget whether large or small.
Lastly, St. Paul's Cultural Center is the home of the Gateway Academy, an organization of educators and intellectuals committed to serious public dialogue and access to the nourishment inherent in the wisdom traditions East and West and which are almost totally neglected in the curriculum of the various public schools.
In addition to the larger scale weddings and receptions at St. Paul's Cultural Center, just two blocks away is the Casa Redondo Wedding Chapel & Gardens which is available for small/large weddings and photo sessions. Whether large or small, a wedding officiant or pastor is available to help you with your wedding plans and your wedding ceremony. Of course outside officiants and your own minister are always welcome.
Casa Redondo Wedding Chapel is a nearby annex of the Cultural Center located at 464 S. 1st Avenue. It is an important historic landmark and the home of the descendants of Yuma's first Mayor, Jose Maria Redondo. Its beautiful walled gardens featuring more than 50 trees, water features, and multiple secluded arbors, is a perfect place for small intimate garden weddings. Small and very affordable chapel-style weddings are also available in one of the properties historic adobes or in the garden itself. Because of its charming background, local photographers often book Casa Redondo Gardens for photo shoots. For this a small gratuity is requested. Also, when you are visiting Casa Redondo Wedding Chapel and Casa Redondo Gardens, ask to see our secluded three-room Honeymoon Suite.