Old Adobe Mission 

Our Lady of Perpetual Help Catholic Church 

First Catholic Parish and Oldest standing church in Scottsdale 

The Creation 

The Old Adobe Mission was originally Our Lady of Perpetual Help Catholic Church and was built in Scottsdale during the late 1910s. Rober T Evans designed it to be a Spanish Colonial Revival architectural style. He got his inspiration from styles he saw in Sonora and New Mexico. 

Over 14,000 adobe bricks made from a blend of native clay, silt, sand, straw, dung, and water were used for the construction. These weighed 50 pounds and were all placed and carried by hand. Grandvell Shumaker was the architecture behind the blueprints. Bernabe Herrera hand made the 15 stained glass panes using old glass from the St. Augustines Cathedral in Tucson.

Completion of the Church

Women from the community gathered for fundraising and advertising to encourage the workers. The church was completed in the fall of 1933 thanks to Dona Dolores Rivera de Ochoa, who was the treasurer. In 1949, it turned into a parish and served until 1956 when the parish outgrew the size of the building. 


Becoming  Historic

In 2000, the City of Scottsdale’s historic prevention reached out to  Our Lady of Perpetual Help regarding the Mission. The head pastor of OLPH said he wanted to preserve the church so in 2001 it was placed on the register of historic buildings. Restoration efforts then began in 2002 by a grant from Arizona's state Parks historic preservation heritage fun. 




Raising Money For more Renovations 

2013, was an influential year for the mission when they celebrated their 80th anniversary. In 2014, the restorations were only 75% complete so they kicked off a capital campaign to raise money in order to complete the remaining renovations. 


A Place of Tranquility 

Today the Mission serves a true historical monument regarding faith. The majestic beauty is indescribable and is better felt in the presence of the building. Its a great place for anyone seeking a peaceful place for meditation, contemplation, and praying. 

Have you ever wanted to visit Old Adobe Mission, the photos show this beautiful historic site. Old Adobe Mission is on the Historic Register in both the city of Scottsdale but for the state of Arizona. The mission is also a member of the Experience Scottsdale visitor's bureau. It was the original Our Lady of Perpetual Help Church and with its beautiful restoration now it is again used for religious services. Lastly, this is in addition to being the most significant historic place in Scottsdale.

Old Adobe Mission

3817 N Brown Ave, 

Scottsdale, Arizona 85251

Tel: 480-947-4331

[email protected]

Old Adobe Mission Church

Our Lady of Perpetual Help Catholic Church

7655 E Main Street

Scottsdale, AZ 85251

Open To The Public

October 1 to May 20

10:00 am - 5:00 pm daily

May 21 to September 30

The Mission is available for private tours for groups of 2 to 20. A donation of $5.00 per person is requested. Please call 480-980-3628 to schedule your private tour.