San Francisco Wedding Venue
1355 Franklin Street
San Francisco, California 94109
Having exclusive access to a splendid Edwardian mansion for your big day is just one of the reasons why The Century Club of California is such a coveted event venue. Built in 1905 as the “clubhouse” for a women’s social organization that still meets here, the venerable establishment has opened its doors to nonmembers, making its gorgeous rooms available for weddings and other special occasions.
When you step into the expansive foyer of this historic building, you feel like you’ve taken a trip back in time. Antique furniture, a handsome grandfather clock, and handmade light fixtures create a warm, old-fashioned feeling. Carved, dark wood chairs—from Shakespeare’s Church in England—and a rich set of Oriental rugs complete the picture.
A pair of French doors open into the Reception Room, an intimate banquet space with seafoam green carpet, white walls and a gold-toned Japanese screen covering one wall. Brides often decorate this charming room with flowers, and host a luncheon or shower here. Two adjacent lounges offer the bride and groom ample space for getting ready or just relaxing before, during or after the ceremony.
If you’re having a larger event, ascend the stairs to the second floor, passing by colorful stained-glass windows on your way. The cozy foyer on this level is shared by two grand spaces, the Drawing Room and the Ballroom. In the luxurious Old World atmosphere of the Drawing Room, couples marry in front of the monumental marble fireplace. Guests gather ‘round, either standing or sitting on the many overstuffed couches and chairs. When the ceremony concludes, friends and family enjoy cocktails and hors d’oeuvres while admiring the interesting artwork and built-in bookshelves (which also make a lovely backdrop for a tea or luncheon).
Seated dinners and buffets are held in the Ballroom. Designed by renowned architect Julia Morgan, it features a vaulted ceiling, white walls and decorative wainscoting. Add plants, flowers, linens and candlelight, and this spacious room takes on a magical glow. The small stage at one end accommodates a DJ or a band quite easily, and the polished wood floor is ready-made for dancing.
If the bride wants a moment or two alone, she can steal away to the “bride’s room” on the third floor. Accessible via a somewhat hidden back staircase or the elevator, it’s a comfortable and feminine living room that provides total privacy and has its own bathroom next door.
Standing in any of The Century Club’s many rooms, the past doesn’t seem distant at all. You can almost imagine the stylish club members taking tea in front of the fireplace or fêting city luminaries in the Ballroom. Close your eyes and you might even hear the horse-drawn carriages that used to carry the ladies to and from this elegant clubhouse. Inside The Century Club, tradition, history and the beauty of a bygone era still exist, enriching every celebration that takes place here.
CEREMONY CAPACITY: The Drawing Room accommodates small ceremonies for up to 75; the Ballroom holds up to 150.
EVENT/RECEPTION CAPACITY: The Ballroom accommodates up to 225 guests, the Drawing Room holds 60–125, and the Reception Room holds 50–100 depending on type of event. The Dining room accommodates 70 seated guests.
MEETING CAPACITY: The Ballroom accommodates up to 225 guests seated theater-style.
50% of the rental fee along with a signed contract are required to secure your date. The rental balance and a $750 refundable security deposit are due 60 days prior to the event. Rental fees range $700–5,000 depending on space rented and level of building access. A kitchen use fee may also apply. The club is beautifully decorated for the holidays in December. The rental price of the Ballroom includes one free daytime rehearsal.
Special Events, Parties
Catering: select from list or BYO
Kitchen Facilities: prep only
Tables & Chairs: some provided, more CBA
Linens, Silver, etc.: BYO or through caterer
Restrooms: not wheelchair accessible
Dance Floor: yes
Bride’s Dressing Area: yes
Meeting Equipment: limited A/V equipment
Parking: public lots nearby
Accommodations: no guest rooms
Telephone: emergency use only
Outdoor Night Lighting: access only
Outdoor Cooking Facilities: no
Cleanup: caterer or renter
Banquet Hall/Events Facility
Alcohol: BYO, licensed server
Smoking: outside only
Music: amplified OK with restrictions
Wheelchair Access: limited
Insurance: liability required
Other: no rice, confetti or birdseed
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Year-round, daily, 8am–midnight.