Why You'll Love This Place
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The Allied Arts Guild is an extraordinary place. It hits you instantly as you walk through the entry and gaze at the fountains, the wrought-iron details, colorful frescos and intricate tilework. The beautiful and tranquil gardens draw you further into the central courtyard, where you say to yourself, “I can’t believe I’m in Menlo Park.”
No wonder. This serene oasis is a historic landmark located amidst three and a half acres that were once part of an original Spanish land grant. Allied Arts is so hidden, you’d never know that it’s located here, tucked away in a quiet, residential neighborhood not far from the Stanford University campus. The founders’ original dream of a European-style crafts guild was realized in 1929 by California artist Pedro deLemos and architect Gardner Dailey. Both were responsible for creating the gardens, buildings and shops of the complex, and adhering to a romantic palette with a strong Spanish emphasis.
After more than 70 years, the site holds a major place in California history. Luckily for all of us, this jewel-of-a-venue has been recently and completely restored back to its original splendor. The complex is designed in the Spanish Colonial style, with meandering courtyards and terraces, burbling fountains, and handsome buildings with white plaster walls topped by terracotta tiles. The lush gardens were inspired by gardens in Granada, Spain, with an emphasis on color, fragrance and seasonal flowers. During the summer months, a floral profusion of intense color makes a great background for wedding photos. Just imagine getting married outdoors in a spot called “Garden of Delight,” encircled by Blue Nile lilies, aster, salvia and hydrangeas or “The Court of Abundance,” with splashing fountain surrounded by gold and yellow marigolds, wallflowers and nasturtiums!
If the weather is uncooperative, you can have your ceremony or reception indoors in the Dining Room or Sunset Room. Both have rustic, high-beamed ceilings and wrought-iron chandeliers. The cement floors are worthy of note: They were painstakingly handcarved by Pedro deLemos to look like stone. The homey Spanish fireplaces are made of adobe, and when a fire is burning, they give the rooms a warm glow.
You can rent one part of the complex, or go for broke and celebrate by renting the entire facility. You’d be hard pressed to find a more relaxed and striking setting on the Peninsula with both indoor and outdoor event spaces. And there’s an added benefit: Because Allied Arts is a nonprofit organization, all proceeds are donated to the Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital at Stanford—which means a significant portion of your rental fees are tax deductible!
Prices: What's this going to cost?
The rental fee for receptions ranges $5,000–$8,000. Weekday events range $1,000–$3,000.
- $3,000/event and up
|Meetings||Total meeting capacity for this venue is 120|
CEREMONY & EVENT/RECEPTION CAPACITY: The site accommodates 150 seated or standing, indoors or outdoors.
MEETING CAPACITY: The site holds 120 seated guests (up to 44 seated conference-style).
- Wedding Receptions
- Special Events, Parties
- Business Functions/Meetings
- Rehearsal Dinners
Year-round, Monday–Saturday, 8am–10pm.
Buildings, other structures, and natural settings available at this venue:
- Banquet Hall/Events Facility
- Historic/Landmark Building
Peep the views you’ll enjoy from this venue!
- Fountain/Water Feature
- Garden Patio/Courtyard
- Landscaped Grounds
Services & Amenities
Feel like a VIP with these services and amenities:
Catering: select from preferred list
Kitchen Facilities: moderate
Tables & Chairs: some provided
Linens, Silver, etc.: through caterer
Restrooms: wheelchair accessible
Dance Floor: CBA
Bride’s Dressing Area: yes
AV/Meeting Equipment: provided
Parking: on-site lot for 120 cars, and on-street
Accommodations: no guest rooms
Outside Night Lighting: yes
Outdoor Cooking Facilities: CBA
View: garden, landscaped grounds, historic architecture
But take note of the following limitations!
Alcohol: in-house or BYO
Smoking: designated area only
Music: amplified OK indoors, acoustic only outdoors
Wheelchair Access: yes
Insurance: certificate required
Other: no birdseed or rice; no swimming