San Rafael Wedding Venue
1408 Mission Avenue
San Rafael, California 94901
Magnificent oaks and magnolias frame the historic Falkirk Mansion, a lovely Queen Anne Victorian in the heart of Marin. Built in 1888, the house is the creation of Clinton Day, the architect who designed the Stanford University campus chapel. In keeping with the style of the day, it has a complex and intriguing roof line of gables and chimneys, variously shaped bays and plenty of decorative details.
The property was purchased in 1906 by Captain Robert Dollar, a Scotsman who’d made his fortune in timber and shipping. He added many features to the estate, including the brick steps and pond, rolling lawns, the greenhouse and a carriage house. A civic-minded man, he donated generously to both San Rafael and his hometown of Falkirk, Scotland—hence the name of the Mansion.
Today, Falkirk Cultural Center serves as a historic site, contemporary art gallery, cultural and educational center, as well as a popular spot for weddings. You can have your ceremony in the outdoor Wedding Garden, on the sprawling lawns or in the parlor. The Mansion’s interior is beautifully rendered in rich redwood paneling, and features ornate mantelpieces, hardwood floors and elegant wall coverings. When you reserve the Mansion, you have use of the entire first floor. The foyer has a huge decorative fireplace and floor-to-ceiling stained-glass windows. Have your reception indoors or, during warmer months, dine and dance on the veranda. This secluded wooden porch is enclosed by camellia bushes and an ancient oak. It doesn’t matter how you orchestrate your wedding; Falkirk will imbue it with intimacy and a century’s worth of Victorian charm.
CEREMONY CAPACITY: The Parlor holds 50 seated or 75 standing; outdoors the site can accommodate 125 seated guests.
EVENT/RECEPTION CAPACITY: October–April, standing capacity is 100; seated capacity 50–60 guests. April–October, the house and veranda hold up to 125 guests.
MEETING CAPACITY: Indoors, the venue holds 60 seated theater-style or 20 seated conference-style; outdoors it holds 80 seated theater-style.
A $500 refundable deposit is required to reserve your date. Rental fees are due 45 days prior to the event. Saturday rates for a 6-hour minimum block are $200/hour from April 15–October 14, and $150/hour from October 15–April 14. Friday night and Sunday rates year-round are $100/hour, with a 4-hour minimum. Weekday rates vary; call for more information. Special rates can be arranged for nonprofits.
Special Events, Parties
Catering: select from approved list or BYO
Kitchen Facilities: minimal
Tables & Chairs: provided
Linens, Silver, etc.: BYO
Restrooms: wheelchair accessible
Dance Floor: no
Bride’s Dressing Area: yes
Meeting Equipment: limited
Parking: large public lot
Accommodations: no guest rooms
Telephone: emergency use only
Outdoor Night Lighting: yes
Outdoor Cooking Facilities: no
View: wooded park and grounds
Community Center/Civic Bldg
Smoking: restricted area only
Music: amplified OK to 90 decibels
Wheelchair Access: yes
Insurance: extra liability required
Other: no candles, decorations restricted
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Year-round, Saturdays and Sundays 1pm–11pm. Weekdays 9am–11pm by arrangement.
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