San Francisco Theological Seminary
105 Seminary Road
San Anselmo, CA 94960
Contact: Director of Conference Services
Phone: 800/447-8820 x843
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Why We Like This Place
When they first see a photograph of this place, many people remark that it looks like a castle on a wooded Scottish brae or a medieval village in central Europe. It’s easy to understand why this seminary on a hill evokes such romantic associations. First there’s Montgomery Memorial Chapel, a graceful stone church near the seminary’s main entrance that is one of its two most popular wedding sites. Then, up the hill, there’s Stewart Memorial Chapel at Geneva Hall, a splendid white church with an arcade, a soaring campanile, a terrace that overlooks a breathtaking view, and stained-glass windows whose intense colors rival those of Europe’s cathedrals.
In between the two ceremony venues is a tree-shaded campus with grand lawns, weathered moss-covered stone walls, classrooms, Victorian homes for faculty members and rock-faced administration buildings that evoke the allure of historic citadels. The most popular reception site is the Geneva Hall terrace, a curving sweep of stone that provides one of the most stunning panoramas in Marin: the north flank of Mt. Tamalpais; Ross Township’s redwood-covered ridges; Red Hill; the seminary’s signature stone academic buildings; and views down the Ross Valley.
There’s a more prosaic form of beauty here, too: Because the seminary is a religious nonprofit entity, it can offer its beautiful grounds and facilities at prices that are considered quite competitive by Marin County standards.
The seminary has another deal sweetener—a Victorian home available for small prenuptial parties or a pre-wedding stay. You can rest overnight at the seminary, then awaken fresh the next morning, knowing you don’t have to travel anywhere for the big day. The seminary also has a 28-room dorm-style retreat center, which allows close friends and family to lodge together. Keeping so many of your loved ones nearby makes it easy to turn your wedding into a destination weekend.
Besides a choice of romantic chapels and the campus’ overall enticing feel, couples also like the unlimited parking and almost universal accessibility for their disabled guests. This site is like a good day that just keeps getting better. First, the drive here takes you through some of Marin’s loveliest, leafiest neighborhoods, and then the campus itself charms you with its meandering lanes, compelling architecture and one-of-a-kind vistas in a county famous for its views. Once it wins you over, any other venue just won’t feel as right.
Max. Seated Indoors: 170
Max. Seated Outdoors: 170
Max. Seated Indoors: 110
Max. Seated Outdoors: 170
Max. Standing Indoors: 110
Max. Standing Outdoors: 170
|Max. Seated: 110|
CEREMONY, EVENT/RECEPTION & MEETING CAPACITY: This location holds up to 170 seated or standing guests indoors and up to 170 seated or standing guests outdoors.
Fees & Deposits
A nonrefundable deposit of 50% of the estimated event total is required to reserve your date. The balance is due 2 months prior to the event. Rental fees range $800–3,500 depending on the space rented.
Year-round. Call for details.
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Special Events, Parties
Catering: select from preferred list
Wheelchair AccessWheelchair Accessible
Site ViewsForest/Wooded Area
Venue TypeBanquet Hall/Events Facility
Community Center/Civic Bldg
Alcohol: through caterer
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