The Founding

The Universalist Unitarian Church of Santa Paula at 740 East Main Street was among a handful of Universalist Churches founded on the Pacific Coast in 1889. Twenty-three members established the Universalist parish in Santa Paula in February of that year.

The congregation met on the second floor of the Cleveland Hall on Main Street, the site of the present Oddfellows Hall. On March 1, 1890 the parish was formally organized and officially incorporated in November 1891 with 65 members and with Wallace Hardison as it first president.