San Francisco Wedding Venue
2107 Lyon Street at Washington
San Francisco, California 94115
Built in 1895 in Pacific Heights by a coterie of artists, architects and spiritual seekers, the historic Swedenborgian Church is rustic and charming in the Arts and Crafts tradition. There’s a huge brick fireplace inside and, lit with candles, the interior is exceptionally beautiful and serene. Floors, walls and ceilings are wood, and the arching overhead beams are good-sized madrone tree trunks. In lieu of conventional pews, handmade Mission-style maple chairs are provided.
Many of San Francisco’s most important (if not famous!) personages were once affiliated with this church, such as Robert Frost, who went to Sunday School here. The founders of the Sierra Club were all active associates, including John Muir. The Sierra Club’s legendary landscape painter, William Keith, painted four large murals that line the north wall of the sanctuary, and Phoebe Hearst (William Randolph Hearst’s mother) is represented by her donation of a rare cast-iron copy of Peter Vischer’s 15th-century “Praying Madonna.”
Adjacent to the chapel is a turn-of-the-century Craftsman house whose Garden Room, Fireside Room and Dining Room are used for receptions. Both the Fireside and Dining Rooms have working fireplaces. In front of the house, a quiet garden with a small pool, trees, benches and flowers provides a pretty spot for gatherings and wedding photos.
The Swedenborgian Church offers traditional, contemporary and interfaith ceremonies, with weddings usually scheduled three hours apart.
CEREMONY CAPACITY: The chapel holds 120 seated or 150 standing.
EVENT/RECEPTION CAPACITY: The house holds up to 90 seated or 120 standing guests.
A nonrefundable deposit of 50% of the rental fee (plus a $400 refundable security deposit if you’re booking a reception) is required to reserve your date, and the balance is due 30 days prior to the event. The fee for a ceremony only ranges $1,000–2,000 depending on the day of the week, spaces used, and number of guests. A reception only is $3,000. A ceremony & reception runs $4,500–5,000 depending on the day. For events with 20 or fewer guests, the venue may be rented hourly ($400/hour). For complete rental details, please visit the “Make a Reservation” page on Swedenborgian Church’s website.
Special Events, Parties
Catering: BYO or select from preferred list
Kitchen Facilities: yes
Tables & Chairs: provided
Linens, Silver, etc.: BYO
Restrooms: not wheelchair accessible
Dance Floor: yes, small receptions only
Bride’s Dressing Area: yes
Parking: on street, garage nearby
Accommodations: no guestrooms
Telephone: house phone
Outdoor Night Lighting: access only
Outdoor Cooking Facilities: no
Alcohol: BYO wine, champagne or beer; no hard alcohol permitted
Smoking: not allowed on premises
Music: amplified ok indoors with restrictions
Wheelchair Access: limited
Insurance: not required
Other: no rice, seeds flower petals or bubbles
Receptions can be scheduled by arrangement. Guests must vacate the premises by 9pm.