Maple Lawn Estate 1312 Mission Avenue • San Rafael • California 94901


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Why You'll Love This Place

A Here Comes The Guide Wedding Venue Review

A pair of hand-stacked stone pillars mark the entry to Maple Lawn, a rambling Victorian house and grounds that was once the home of one of the area's leading families. Built with 19th-century mining riches, the residence was often the scene for "must attend" social and civic soirées. Happily today, under the current ownership of the San Rafael Elks, this grand estate continues to set a gold standard for gracious events.

Maple Lawn's pièce de résistance is the expansive Magnolia Terrace, an absolute jewel of a garden area off to the side of the blue-and-white mansion. As you enter through an ornate, iron gate, the first thing that greets you is a profusion of colorful blooming hedges. Just ahead is a raised, canopied terrace, and stretching out beyond that is an incredibly lush lawn surrounded on three sides by mature magnolia and camellia trees. Running straight through the center of the grass is a wide brick promenade adorned with two multi-tiered fountains topped dramatically with Greek goddesses.

What a spectacular setting this makes for your ceremony, as friends and family seated on the lawn watch you walk down that center aisle to meet your groom beneath a neoclassical arch. After vows are exchanged, everyone is invited to toast your new life with a glass of bubbly on the terrace. Slightly elevated and separated from the grass by box hedges and flower-filled urns, this shady spot is perfect for enjoying cocktails and hors d'oeuvres. Then dinner is served at tables on the lawn, followed by dancing back on the terrace under the twinkle-lit canopy.

Beautiful as the grounds are, there are pleasures to be found inside the house as well. To start with, you'll surely be smitten with a bride's room that's the epitome of femininity. Large enough for all your attendants to gather and relax, its décor includes an antique Victorian vanity table, a carved white marble fireplace, and high ceilings with lots of crown molding. The groomsmen get to play men of leisure in the "old school" Card Room Lounge with its adjacent wood-paneled Billiards Room.

At the front of the house, there's an airy Solarium and cozy porch overlooking pine trees that would make a delightful spot for a bridal shower or bridesmaid's breakfast. And the clubby Drake's Bar, complete with burgundy leather wingback chairs, early American paintings and a vintage mural of Sir Francis Drake arriving in the Bay Area, could be just right for a rehearsal dinner.

If you'd prefer an indoor reception, check out the regal-sized Boyd Banquet Room, which boasts a coved ceiling with the original brass-and-crystal chandeliers that illuminated many historic parties. But even if you don't entertain inside, do take advantage of the polished wooden doors (replete with brass doorknockers), central staircase and porte-cochère as romantic photo backdrops unique to Maple Lawn.


Budget-Friendly Intimate Event packages are available!
Maple Lawn Estate can work with you and your budget to create a perfect minimony, micro-wedding, or elopement. Let the team can help you have a very special wedding day!
Please note: capacities must fall in line with current CDC COVID-19 guidelines.

Prices: What's this going to cost?

Rental Fee
  • $4,400–5,450/event
  • Pricing is for the full package, which includes:

    • Two dressing area suites (available as early as 10am)
    • 1-hour rehearsal
    • On-site facilities staff
    • Tables and an outside bar
    • Use of the on-site commercial kitchen & prep kitchen

    An after-party in Drake's Bar may be added for an additional $800. Other à la carte options are also available.

Service Charge or Gratuity
  • 20%


Indoors Outdoors
Ceremony Seated 180 300
Cocktails, etc. Standing 225 500
Reception Seated 180 300
Meetings Total meeting capacity for this venue is 100.

CEREMONY CAPACITY: The site holds 180 seated guests indoors and 300 seated outdoors.

EVENT/RECEPTION CAPACITY: The facility can accommodate 180 seated or 225 standing indoors and 300 seated or 500 standing outdoors.

MEETING CAPACITY: Meeting rooms of various sizes hold up to 100 seated guests.

Venue Details

Site Uses

  • Ceremony
  • Outdoor Ceremony
  • Wedding Receptions
  • Outdoor Reception
  • Elopement Packages
  • Small Wedding
  • Rehearsal Dinner
  • Special Events / Parties
  • Business Functions / Meetings
  • Late Night

Essential Info


$ • $$


Preferred list



Alcohol and beverages may also be provided by one of the preferred caterers.

Amplified Music

Some restrictions

Wheelchair Access

Access limited


Year-round, daily.

Venue Type

Buildings, other structures, and natural settings available at this venue:

  • Garden
  • Historic / Landmark Building
  • Mansion
  • Non-Profit
  • Private Estate
  • Patio / Deck / Terrace
  • Park
  • Retreat

Venue Views

Peep the views you’ll enjoy from this venue!

  • Forest / Woods
  • Fountain / Water Feature
  • Garden
  • Hills
  • Landscaped Grounds
  • Other View
  • Park

Services & Amenities

Feel like a VIP with these services and amenities:

Catering: select from preferred list or BYO, extra fee
Kitchen Facilities: fully equipped
Tables & Chairs: provided
Linens, Silver, etc.: through caterer
Restrooms: wheelchair accessible
Dance Floor: available
Dressing Areas: yes
AV/Meeting Equipment: BYO
Parking: large lot, public garage nearby
Accommodations: no guest rooms
Outdoor Night Lighting: yes
Outdoor Cooking Facilities: BBQ on site
Cleanup: available and/or caterer
View: fountain, garden, landscaped grounds
Other: event coordination, after party


But take note of the following limitations!

Alcohol: in-house
Smoking: not allowed
Music: amplified OK with restrictions
Wheelchair Access: limited
Insurance: liability required


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Alternate Info: San Rafael Elks Lodge #1108 Magnolia Terrace