San Francisco Wedding Venue
San Francisco, California 94115
Now and then you may come across a school that occupies a mansion, but only the Hamlin School has a Pacific Heights address with a spectacular panoramic view of the Golden Gate and San Francisco Bay.
The mansion in this case is Stanwood Hall, one of three buildings that make up the school. Designed by Julius Kraft, the 24-room house was constructed in 1901 for James Leary Flood, son of the Nevada silver king, and was part of the last wave of mansion building in The City. Its Italian Baroque exterior is distinguished by Ionic columns, pilasters and pedimented windows arranged in formal symmetry, characteristic of the early 1900s Revival style that succeeded the late Victorians.
Granite steps, flanked by two gray marble lions (nicknamed Leo and Leona by Hamlin students), lead to a mosaic and marble vestibule and a pair of oak-and-plate-glass doors. Beyond the vestibule is the two-story Great Hall, a space with columns and wall-to-wall oak paneling that’s practically custom-made for ceremonies. The bride makes her entrance by walking down a magnificent staircase, illuminated by a large art glass window with four chipped glass “jewels” embedded in it. Guests are seated throughout the hall, and there’s room on the balcony above for an additional group of onlookers.
Cocktails are usually served after the ceremony, giving guests an opportunity to explore the entire house, upstairs and down. Directly beyond the Great Hall is the Library, a warm room with a dark mahogany-paneled interior, striking black marble and gold fireplace and great bay views. Note the carved wood garland over the doorway as you enter. In contrast to the Library is the adjacent Solarium. This mosaic-and-glass space, filled with light and capped by three small Tiffany glass cupolas, also overlooks the bay and Marin County. Upstairs, there’s a mezzanine that overlooks the Great Hall.
Receptions are held on the level below the main floor in the new Dining Area, whose East and West Dining Rooms can be reserved individually or combined for large parties. The décor is simple, yet elegant, with ivory walls and maple floors. Large windows provide bay views and natural light during the day, while wall sconces cast soft light at night. If you’d like a more romantic ambiance, candles are permitted.
For over a century, the Hamlin Mansion has impressed all who enter its doors with its classic lines and rich appointments. You’ll find that these qualities also make it a wonderful place for an upscale wedding, party or corporate event.
CEREMONY CAPACITY: The Great Hall holds 100 seated, with space around the balcony for an additional 80 standing guests.
EVENT/RECEPTION & MEETING CAPACITY: The Mansion accommodates a maximum of 200 seated guests in two adjoining dining rooms. The largest one, the West Dining Room, holds up to 150 seated.
A refundable $1,000 security/cleaning deposit is required when the contract is signed. For weddings, a $6,000 rental fee covers use of the facility for 5 hours and is payable 2 months prior to the event. Food services are provided: an hors d’oeuvres buffet starts at $60/person, buffet dinners at $65/person and seated dinners at $70/person. Prices do not include equipment. Tax, staff and alcohol are additional. Brunch and luncheon menus and full event-planning services are also available. Valet service runs $450–2,800 and a security guard $360/8 hours; both prices depend on guest count.
For corporate events, the rental fee runs $6,000 for groups under 100 guests or $6,500 for groups over 100 guests.
Special Events, Parties
Catering: provided, no BYO
Kitchen Facilities: n/a
Tables & Chairs: some provided
Linens, Silver, etc.: provided, extra charge
Restrooms: wheelchair accessible
Dance Floor: yes
Bride’s Dressing Area: yes
Meeting Equipment: no
Parking: valet required, extra charge
Accommodations: no guest rooms
Outdoor Night Lighting: access only
Outdoor Cooking Facilities: no
View: panorama of SF Bay
Other: baby grand piano, coordination, lawn area
Alcohol: BYO or CBA
Smoking: outdoors only
Music: amplified OK; music curfew 10pm Sunday–Thursday, 11:30pm Friday–Saturday; bands have 5-piece instrument maximum
Wheelchair Access: elevator
Other: no rice, rose petals or bubbles
Year-round, weekdays after 6:30pm, weekends and school holidays all day.