Redondo Beach, California 90277
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Why We Like This Place
Book lovers that we are, it was a foregone conclusion that the Redondo Beach Historic Library would capture our hearts. Whether you’re a bibliophile or not, however, the library is bound to appeal to you and all who walk through its impressive double wooden doors. Local architect Lovell Pemberton built the library in 1930, positioning it to command a view of both the Pacific and the sprawling lawn of Veterans’ Park.
Combining both Spanish and Dutch colonial styles, the library is a handsome three-story ivory stucco building with arched windows, a red-tile roof and straight-edged gables peaking on its north and south wings. Ornamental ironwork on the windows and Art Deco moldings on the front façade spice up the architectural mix still further. Shading the library is its gorgeous companion—a giant Moreton Bay Fig, itself a registered landmark.
Guests stepping out onto the library’s main floor will undoubtedly be a little in awe of the expansive, illumined space that greets them. With windows set in almost every wall and skylights opening up the ceiling, the main floor is radiant in light—ideal for large celebrations. Cream-colored walls offset by a dusky burgundy-and-blue carpeting impart a simple elegance. Overhead, arches and dark wood beams echo the Spanish motif. Although renovated throughout, some of the library’s original amenities remain, namely the circular brass lamps suspended from the ceiling and the wooden bookshelves bracketing three walls—an excellent showcase for memorabilia, pictures, votive candles or flowers.
Most couples say their vows during sunset’s lavish light, in front of a quartet of ocean-facing windows on the main floor. Other possible ceremony sites include the long stretch of lawn directly behind the library or on the Veterans’ Park concert green, situated on the building’s north side. If it’s a more intimate fête you’re hosting—perhaps a communion or baby shower—then you’ll want to reserve one of the library’s smaller spaces: either the overflow room or the third floor mezzanine, which also affords a glorious ocean view.
Since its opening in 1996 as an event venue, the library has proved to be one of the most popular event facilities in Redondo Beach, booking almost every weekend. Call to make an appointment to visit this site, and chances are you’ll sign their dance card too.
- Max. Seated Indoors: 160
- Max. Seated Outdoors: 320
- Max. Seated Indoors: 320
- Max. Seated Outdoors: 0
- Max. Standing/Cocktails Indoors: 320
- Max. Standing/Cocktails Outdoors: 0
- Max. Seated: 320
CEREMONY CAPACITY: The outdoor ceremony area holds 320 seated, the indoor ceremony area 120–160 seated.
EVENT/RECEPTION CAPACITY: The site accommodates up to 320 seated or standing guests indoors.
MEETING CAPACITY: The main room holds 320 seated.
Cost: Prices, Deposits, Etc.
A nonrefundable $3,000 deposit is required to secure your date. 50% of the estimated total is due 9 months prior to the event, and the event balance and guest count are due 10 business days prior. All-inclusive wedding packages cover so many items that they're actually a very good deal. They start at $17,000 for 100 guests; each additional guest is $85 (e.g. the total for 150 guests is $21,250). Packages include tray-passed or stationary hors d'oeuvres; gourmet buffet or seated meal; hosted beer, wine, soft drinks, and champagne toast; wedding cake; DJ/MC; valet parking; an event manager; all service and culinary staff; and more. There are no additional service charges or gratuities with their packages, and events can be customized!
Special Events, Parties
Catering: by Spectrum Catering, no BYO
Kitchen Facilities: n/a
Tables & Chairs: provided, including Chiavari chairs & lounge furniture
Linens, Silver, etc.: provided
Restrooms: wheelchair accessible
Dance Floor: provided
Bride’s Dressing Area: yes
AV/Meeting Equipment: CBA, extra charge
Parking: valet included in package
Accommodations: no guest rooms
Outdoor Night Lighting: access lighting only
Outdoor Cooking Facilities: CBA
View: Pacific Ocean, Redondo Beach Pier, Palos Verdes Peninsula and nearby park
Other: event coordination, theme events
Venue TypeBanquet Hall/Events Facility
Alcohol: in-house, no BYO
Smoking: outside only
Music: amplified OK
Wheelchair Access: yes
Insurance: not required
Other: no confetti or glitter