Leonis Adobe, available for special events. Photo from Conservancy archives.
Why not make your event even more special by holding it at a unique historic site? The pages in this section list overviews and contact information for various historic sites throughout Southern California that host special events.
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ADAMSON HOUSE AND MALIBU LAGOON MUSEUM
23200 Pacific Coast Highway, Malibu,
Designed by Stiles O. Clements, the Moorish Spanish Colonial Revival Adamson Home was built in 1929 for owners of Malibu Potteries. Malibu tile is prominently displayed throughout the home and patio areas. The five acres of gardens and manicured lawns are available for weddings and receptions. The grounds are on the edge of the sandy beaches of Malibu. The area is available April to October, on Saturdays from 2 p.m. to 12 a.m., and on Sundays from 9 a.m. to 11 p.m. The maximum number of guests allowed is 200. Rental fee is $6500, must have liability insurance. You provide your own caterer tables, chairs, etc. Alcohol is permitted. Live music allowed. You provide parking lot and shuttle service.
ADOBE DE PALOMARES
491 East Arrow Highway, Pomona 91767 ,
The ranch style adobe was built by Don Ignacio Palomares around 1850. It was restored in 1939 and is owned by the City of Pomona. Only the grounds are available for functions. There are two locations where weddings may be held, and there is a picnic area available for receptions. Up to 200 guests can be accommodated. The rental fee for the Adobe de Palomares is $100 for the first three hours. You provide your own caterer, and there are no kitchen facilities available. Alcohol is not permitted.
ALDERSGATE RETREAT AND CULTURAL CENTER
925 Haverford Avenue, Pacific Palisades 90272,
The main building at Aldersgate Retreat Center was built in 1892 on Wilshire Boulevard and moved to its current location in 1927. It features a Mission Revival-style exterior and a Craftsman-style interior, and can accommodate groups from 10 to 44. The facility is available for day use, overnights,
or extended retreats. The property's Buerge Chapel and meditation garden can accommodate weddings and on-site worship services. See website for details.
ANGEL'S GATE PARK
3601 South Gaffey Street, San Pedro 90731,
This 64-acre public park offers spectacular views of the coastline and Santa Catalina Island. The site features a pavilion containing the Korean Bell of Friendship, situated on a bluff with a 180-degree view of Palos Verdes and the Pacific Ocean. Wedding ceremonies can be held on the concrete area in front of the bell. There are no reception facilities available. A park permit is required, and the fee depends on the number of people in attendance.
1735 North Vine Street, Hollywood 90028,
The Avalon (formerly the Palace) was built in 1927 in the Spanish Colonial Revival style. The club is made up of the main floor, balcony, and two opera boxes. The main floor holds 800 standing while the balcony and opera boxes hold a total of 300 seated. A full stage that is completely retractable if you need a bigger dance floor. Whether you're looking for lounge seating, standing room or cabaret seating, Avalon will accommadate you and your party.
1300 Dodson Avenue, San Pedro 90732,
Weddings may take place in a white gazebo that overlooks the harbor. A waterfall, white rose-lined path, and lotus pond enhance the area. The park is available between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. A park permit and picnic permits are required. Rental fees depend on the number of guests. There are no reception facilities available. No alcohol is permitted.
311 West Foothill Boulevard, Monrovia 91016,
When this Mayan Revival Hotel was built in 1925, it appeared in Ripley's "Believe it or Not" as it received more publicity than any other hotel in the world because of its unusual design by Robert Judd. There is a lovely garden where wedding ceremonies are held. Adjoining it is a banquet room which has a beamed ceiling and French doors leading to a veranda. Up to 300 people can be accommodated.
BANNING HOUSE LODGE
P.O. Box 5044, Two Harbors, Santa Catalina Island 90704 , 310-510-4228
The Banning House, completed in 1910 and situated on a hill overlooking Isthmus Cove and Catalina Harbor, was used as a summer home by the family of pioneer Phinneas Banning. In 1919 Santa Catalina was purchased by William Wrigley, Jr. and the house was used as a hotel until 1987 when its restoration began. It is now a guest lodge that can accommodate 33 people. You may, however, have up to 100 guests. You could also marry at the beach nearby, or on our charming patio. It is suggested that wedding parties reserve the entire lodge. Banning House has its own non-denominational wedding officiate which you may wish to use. A complete list of room rates is available. There is a fee for use of the facilities in addition to room rates, and you must use Harbor Reef Restaurant for catering.
327 South Latigo Canyon Road, Malibu 90265,
The 120-acre ranch was developed in the late 1940s by Grant and Helen Walter Gerson. It was used primarily as a children's camp. There are several settings appropriate for a wedding ceremony, one of which is a lawn and patio area complete with a terrace surrounded by waterfalls. The banquet rooms, featuring flagstone fireplaces and mountain views, adjoin the patio area. The website offers more information and an online request form.
CAROUSEL ON THE SANTA MONICA PIER
201 Santa Monica Pier, Santa Monica 90401,
Housed in a 1916 building, the merry-go-round was installed in 1947 and restored in 1981. It can accommodate up to 300 people. There is an hourly charge, which includes a permit and staff to operate the carousel. You provide catering, music, etc.
CASA ADOBE DE SAN RAFAEL
1330 Dorothy Drive, Glendale 91202,
This adobe home was built in 1871 for Thomas Sanchez, the first sheriff of Los Angeles County. It was restored in 1932 and is now a museum owned by the City of Glendale. Weddings and receptions are held outside on the grounds. Up to 100 people can be accommodated. A picnic area is also available. Amplified music is not permitted. Reservations can be made at the Glendale Civic Auditorium Customer Service Office.
99 South Raymond Avenue, Pasadena,
Built in 1897, the Castle is listed on the National Register of Historic Places and the National Archives of Significant Interiors. Graced by ornate furnishings and an elegant ballroom, this historical landmark can accommodate up to 400 guests. See website for details and photos.
CATALINA CASINO THEATER AND BALLROOM
The Catalina Casino Theater and Ballroom, a California landmark, combines historical glamour with Art Deco detail and architectural flair. The Avalon Theater is acoustically perfect for speaking engagements with comfortable seating for 1,150. The Casino Ballroom provides an elegant setting for corporate banquets or private parties. It can accommodate groups of 200 to 1,800. The Descanso Beach Club is also available for events or filming, accommodating up to 2,000 guests. See website for details and photo gallery.
THE CATALINA VISITOR'S COUNTRY CLUB
The Catalina Visitor’s Country Club is a splendid hilltop site offering breathtaking views, banquet and conferencing room with garden patios accommodating up to 240. Weddings can take place inside the ballroom. There's so much space inside that an altar and theater-style seating can be set up in one area, and the reception tables and chairs in another. Photos and details available on the Country Club website.
CENTRAL PARK AND PENN PARK, WHITTIER
City of Whittier Parks Department, 13230 Penn Street, Whittier 90602,
Whittier has a number of scenic public parks, notably Central and Penn Parks. Developed in 1887 and surrounded on three sides by Victorian homes, Central Park can accommodate up to 100 for weddings only. Ceremonies may take place under a gazebo in the park. Permits are required. For more information and a listing of all Whittier parks, please visit the City of Whittier website and click on "Park Locations."
10211 Pioneer Boulevard, Santa Fe Springs 90670,
The estate was designed in 1919 by Irving J. Gill, one of our true architectural pioneers. It is one of his few remaining works in its original form. The Estate was commissioned by the socially prominent Clark family of Santa Fe Springs. The design is Spanish Colonial with a touch of Tuscany. In 1987 it was taken over as a public facility. Weddings and receptions are held on the spacious grounds, which boast a courtyard with overlooking balconies at both ends, a charming fountain front, a reflecting pool in back, and stands of bamboo scattered throughout the grounds. Alcohol is allowed. All events must be concluded by 10 pm.
CLIFTON'S BROOKDALE CAFETERIA
648 S. Broadway, Los Angeles, 90014,
Clifton's is a Los Angeles institution in the heart of downtown. The only remaining site of Clifford Clinton's Depression-era cafeterias, Clifton's Brookdale offers a truly unique atmosphere resembling a redwood forest. The food is simple, cafeteria cuisine -- this is all about atmosphere. Private event and meeting space available. VIP Room seats 150.
430 Madeline Drive, Pasadena 91105,
Contact: Karine Kadyan, 626-799-0841 x101, email@example.com
This French Chateau-style home was built in the late 1920s at a cost of $1,000,000. The San Gabriel Pomona Valley American Red Cross acquired the Estate in the early-1960s. An elegant lobby, dining room, and living room are available. French doors in the living room open onto a large patio and beautiful gardens. The site can accommodate up to 250 people. See website for details and photos.
1418 Descanso Drive, La Canada 91012,
Owned by the County of Los Angeles Department of Arboreta and Botanic Gardens, the gardens are available for weddings and receptions daily from 8 a.m. to 10 a.m. and from 5 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. There are various outdoor sites where wedding ceremonies can take place. Receptions are held in the rose garden. Tables, chairs, and kitchen are available at no cost for receptions when Descanso Gardens caterers are used. Fees depend on the number of people, facilities used, and length of use.
18300 LeMarsh, Northridge 91325,
Originally owned by Clark Gable and Carole Lombard, this ranch-style home was later given to the Parks and Recreation Department. It is located in Northridge Park. It will hold 70 people inside and a total of 165 people using both inside and outside. The fee depends on the number of guests and activities. If you wish to serve alcohol, there is an additional charge per hour for a park attendant.
You provide your own caterer. The house is available on Saturdays and Sundays between 9 a.m. and 10:30 p.m.
DOROTHY CHANDLER PAVILION
Music Center of Los Angeles County, 135 North Grand Ave., Los Angeles 90012,
The prestigious Grand Hall on Founders Circle with its crystal chandeliers and cascading staircases leading to it can hold between as many as 1,000 guests. It is not available during performances. The Grace Salvatori and Blue Ribbon Rooms, with their panoramic views of Los Angeles are available at any time and will hold between 160 and 220 people. Patina restaurant does the catering.
THE DURFEE HOUSE VICTORIAN BED & BREAKFAST
1007 W. 24th Street, Los Angeles 90007,
Located in the historic West Adams district in Northern University Park,
this Victorian estate was built in 1880 as a farmhouse. The home features
a beautiful garden setting and an elegant dining room, spacious living
room and music room. Secure parking is provided.
1442 Kellam Avenue, Los Angeles 90026,
Built in 1887 and located in the historic district of Angelino Heights, this restored, antique-filled Victorian home can
accommodate up to 40 guests indoors. Outside is a Greek revival temple
that can hold up to 150 people. Live music is allowed.
THE EBELL OF LOS ANGELES
743 S Lucerne Blvd, Los Angeles 90005,
The historic Ebell of Los Angeles is an architectural masterpiece that brings glamour, elegance and legacy to special events. In addition to the Wilshire Ebell Theatre, the property includes a stunning Clubhouse: with two ballrooms, an art salon and a courtyard garden, the Ebell presents a variety of sophisticated settings for weddings, receptions, awards galas, premieres, and filming. Built in 1927, this boutique venue offers knowledgeable Special Events Staff as well as exemplary cuisine to make any event a special event.
ENGINE CO. NO. 28
644 S. Figueroa St., Los Angeles, 90017,
This restored 1912 firehouse is now a restaurant with mahagony booths, a granite bar, 18-foot pressed tin ceilings, and red brick flooring.
EXPOSITION PARK ROSE GARDEN
700 State Street, Los Angeles 90033,
The heart of the City Beautiful-designed Exposition Park near downtown Los Angeles, this urban oasis is owned by the Los Angeles City Department of Recreation and Parks. The garden boasts 16,000 rose bushes with 300 varieties. The garden is available from March to December. There are four white gazebos where vows can be recited. The site can accommodate up to 200 people. There are no facilities for a reception. Alcoholic beverages and amplified sound are not allowed. See website for details, pricing, and photos.
FARMERS AND MERCHANTS BANK BUILDING
401 S. Main St., Los Angeles 90013,
Designed by Morgan and Walls, this 1905 Classical Revival building in downtown Los Angeles is listed in the National Register of Historic Places. Dark wood partitions that bank personnel once stood behind remain, as do moldings and the expansive dome that was covered during bomb scare days of World War II.
939 S. Figueroa St., Los Angeles 90015,
This Moorish-style building was built as a YWCA in 1925 but has served as a hotel since the 1930s. Its intimate, exotic, garden atmosphere makes it a unique setting for a special event. The hotel features half a dozen private areas, each with a distinctive decor. See website for details and photos.
FINE ARTS BUILDING
815 W. Seventh St., Los Angeles 90017,
213-625-3900 x9204 , firstname.lastname@example.org
The three-story lobby of the 1927 Fine Arts Building is a truly unique landmark with Gothic Renaissance decor.
FOUNDER'S CENTER FOR POSITIVE SPIRITUALITY
3281 West Sixth St., Los Angeles 90020,
Contact: Steve, 213-388-9733 x 101, email@example.com
Founder’s imposing structure, built in 1957, is Los Angeles Historic-Cultural Monument #727. It has beautifully appointed well-equipped spaces available for rent to groups, organizations, and individuals. The building features a 1,400-seat rotunda auditorium with balcony, an intimate 440-seat chapel, a spacious meeting hall, kitchen, and small classroom/meeting space (20-50 persons). Renowned architect Paul Williams’ circular design for Founder’s symbolizes the wholeness, unity, unending, and all-inclusive power of love basic to our teachings on Positive Spirituality. We welcome your calls for information on rental fees and availability.
FOREST LAWN MEMORIAL PARK
Forest Lawn currently offers 10 facilities ranging in size from 80 to 1,200
seats, accommodating a wide variety of events. Since 1927, more than 60,000 people have been married in non-denominational Forest Lawn churches. The Wee Kirk o' the Heather Church (100 capacity) and the Church of the Recessional (150 capacity) are located in the Glendale Park. The Church of the Hills (150 capacity) is located in the Hollywood Hills.
FOUNTAIN COURT RESTAURANT
1370 North St. Andrews Place, Los Angeles 90028, 323-465-1394, firstname.lastname@example.org
This Hollywood restaurant features sparkling chandeliers, a two-story
winding staircase, a terrace with a three-tiered
Mediterranean fountain, and a unique oval dining room designed by renowned
architect Paul Revere Williams. The venue can accommodate up to 350
sit-down and 700 reception style and is open to the public Monday through
Friday, 11:30am to 2:30pm. Banquet luncheons and meetings are welcomed
as well as corporate events and of course, weddings.
GARDENS AT GREYSTONE MANSION
905 Loma Vista Drive, Beverly Hills 90210,
The setting boasts a spectacular view of Beverly Hills and an impressive stone mansion built in 1927 amid acres of formal gardens. Greystone’s formal garden is a spacious grassy area surrounded by greenery and features a large fountain at the west end. Elevated walkways on either side provide an excellent area for wedding photos. The gardens are available for weddings; the site accommodates up to 200. See website for details and photos.
324 South Mission Drive, San Gabriel 91776,
Located in San Gabriel's historic Mission District, the Grapevine Arbor was planted in 1861. Lawns and gardens provide the setting
for weddings and receptions. The adjacent Padillo and Grapevine
Rooms can accommodate 98 and 87 people, respectively. Outdoor
events can accommodate up to 220. Tables and chairs are available. You provide
your own caterer, music, etc. Champagne and wine is the only alcohol
permitted. The site is owned by the San Gabriel Parks and Recreation. See website for details and an online request form.
This beautifully restored 1917 two-story Colonial house is situated
on an acre of sprawling gardens with large trees, rose bushes, and arbors.
Weddings and receptions take place outdoors and up to 150 guests can
be accommodated. The rental fee depends on group size and facilities needed.
403 South Bonnie Brae, Los Angeles 90057,
Built in 1898 in the Queen Anne style of Victorian architecture, the
home contains an extensive collection of antiques that has been gathered
over three generations. The museum is suitable for small weddings of up to
45 people. Weddings may
take place in the front parlor with the rest of the ground floor available
for a reception. You furnish the caterer and a kitchen is available.
No alcoholic beverages are allowed.
GRIFFITH PARK CLUB HOUSE
4730 Crystal Springs Drive, Los Angeles 90027,
Built in 1937 by the WPA, this Spanish Revival clubhouse in Los Feliz features vaulted beam ceilings, arched panoramic windows, and hand-pegged wood floors. See website for details and photos.
HERITAGE SQUARE MUSEUM
3800 Homer St., Los Angeles 90031,
This living history museum in Highland Park contains eight Victorian structures that were relocated there to avoid demolition. The grounds and architectural backdrop offer a unique setting for special events. See "Site Rental" section of website for details.
HILTON CHECKERS LOS ANGELES
535 S. Grand Ave., Los Angeles, 90071,
Built in 1927 as the Mayflower Hotel, this downtown building has a Spanish-style facade. It is the only four-star boutique hotel in downtown Los Angeles. The hotel has a rooftop deck with a great view of the downtown skyline. See website for details and photos.
2301 North Highland Avenue, Hollywood 90028,
The world-famous Hollywood Bowl has been captivating audiences under the stars since 1922. The site's Patio Restaurant and adjoining
gardens accommodate private events.
HOLLYWOOD HERITAGE MUSEUM
2100 North Highland Avenue, Hollywood 90028,
Housed in the beautifully restored Lasky-DeMille Barn (c. 1895) near the Hollywood Bowl, this museum features archival photographs from the early days of Hollywood and motion picture production, movie props, historic documents, and other movie-related memorabilia. Since 1985, the nonprofit Hollywood Heritage Inc. has funded the preservation, restoration, and maintenance of this early Hollywood treasure. The museum makes a unique location for wrap
parties, booksignings, movie premieres, holiday parties, and many other special
HOLLYWOOD ROOSEVELT HOTEL
7000 Hollywood Boulevard, Hollywood 90028,
Named after President Theodore Roosevelt, the hotel opened its doors on May 15, 1927. The classic Spanish revival building was designed by H.B. Travers. The hotel was closed 1984-1986 for extensive restoration to bring it back to its original splendor. Weddings and receptions may take place in several areas. The Blossom Room, site of the first Academy Awards, is an elegant ballroom that seats up to 300 persons. The Academy Room, original home of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, can accommodate up to 120. The Oscar Room can accommodate 200. The gardens and poolside area can handle up to 150.
701 Stone Canyon Road, Bel-Air 90077,
Built in 1946, the Bel-Air Hotel has beautiful outside gardens with trees, flowers, lake and swans available for weddings and receptions. The gardens can accommodate a maximum of 160 people. Their website has more information about facilities, as well as an online request for proposal.
2640 Huron Street, Los Angeles 90065,
Built in 1906 by Edward S. Cobb, this substation converted electricity for the L.A. Railway Yellow Cars. The building features antique brick, arched windows, a 45-foot ceiling, and 12-foot-high arched doors opening onto a garden and a vintage-industrial style fountain. Josh Groban, Jack Black, and the Jonas Bros. have performed here, and films such as Secretary, Must Love Dogs, & Fast & Furious have been shot here. Their website has more information and pictures.
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