Palo Alto Wedding Venue
1305 Middlefield Road
Palo Alto, California 94301
Video by Visia Productions.
With its white-stucco archways, red-tile roof and vibrant courtyard, the Lucie Stern Center is a gracious example of Spanish-Mediterranean architecture. Designed by Birge Clark and donated by Lucie Stern, an heir of Levi Strauss, it was originally built in 1931 as a community theater. But since then, the center has matured into a welcoming hacienda that offers a variety of options for weddings.
You can rent individual areas or the whole center. For instance, if your wedding is small and informal, consider having it in the mid-sized Community Room, whose windows overlook a Mission-style promenade. The adjacent patio, which is enclosed by the U-shaped building and a vine-covered brick wall, has a two-tiered lawn bordered by an array of colorful flowers. The upper level is an ideal spot for your ceremony or live entertainment. Another choice for an intimate event is the Fireside Room. It features a large fireplace constructed of brick and stucco, and also adjoins the patio.
One of the most popular areas for gathering during a celebration is the Municipal Courtyard, a brick-paved retreat surrounded by flowers of every conceivable color. Enhancing this picturesque setting is the majestic stucco theater, standing tall in the background—it’s evocative of a centuries-old Spanish church.
From the courtyard, guests walk through double glass doors into the Lucie Stern Center Ballroom, a large space complete with beautiful hardwood floors, dark wood wainscoting and two tiled fireplaces. Done in a rustic, early-California style, the room has a cathedral ceiling with exposed wooden beams and six cylindrical chandeliers crafted of black wrought iron. A row of windows overlooks the lush lawn in front of the facility.
From the blooming white roses at the courtyard entry to the open-air promenade and Mission-style rooms, the Lucie Stern Center is a classic Old World setting. And it’s this abundance of old-fashioned elements that makes the center such a charming spot for weddings.
CEREMONY CAPACITY: The center holds 300 seated guests indoors or up to 250 seated outdoors.
EVENT/RECEPTION & MEETING CAPACITY: The center accommodates 200 seated or 300 standing guests indoors or up to 150 seated or 200 standing outdoors.
MEETING CAPACITY: The center holds up to 300 guests seated theater-style.
One third of the rental fee is required to reserve your date, and the balance is due 30 days prior to the event. Rental fees start at $2,500 and vary depending on the space and day rented, and the duration of the event. Visit www.cityofpaloalto.org/luciestern for more details.
Special Events, Parties
Kitchen Facilities: fully equipped
Tables & Chairs: most provided or through caterer
Linens, Silver, etc.: BYO or through caterer
Restrooms: wheelchair accessible
Dance Floor: ballroom
Bride’s Dressing Area: no
Meeting Equipment: BYO or CBA
Parking: ample on site
Accommodations: no guest rooms
Outdoor Night Lighting: yes
Outdoor Cooking Facilities: through caterer
Cleanup: caterer or renter
View: garden patio
Community Center/Civic Bldg
Alcohol: BYO wine, beer or champagne
Smoking: outside only
Music: amplified OK with restrictions
Wheelchair Access: yes
Insurance: general liability required, may be purchased through the venue
Year-round, daily, 6am–1am.