San Jose Armory 240 North 2nd Street • San Jose • CA 95112

San Jose Armory

240 North 2nd Street
San Jose, CA 95112

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Why You'll Love This Place

A Here Comes The Guide Wedding Venue Review
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This historic gem at San Jose’s civic heart is a genuine treasure. Built in 1934 with WPA and state funding, it served as both an armory and a home to the National Guard, and has been a beloved part of the city’s downtown landscape for more than eight decades. Now a vibrant space managed by the experts at Non Plus Ultra, it once again stands at the ready—this time, to host events of nearly unlimited style and scope.

The Spanish Revival architecture (a reflection of California’s shared cultural roots), remains true to its 1930s origins, with an ivory stucco facade and dramatic Roman-style arched entrance accented by sun-yellow voussoir stones. Rows of arched windows line the second story, and on either side of the building, quaint Juliet balconies with delicate wrought-iron railings overlook the street below. Stepping into the foyer, guests are greeted by still more period details—vintage tiles, an ornate metalwork light fixture—before passing through to the crowning centerpiece: the striking main room.

Here, a soaring ceiling with massive exposed metal trusses creates an industrial-chic air, while rows of high-set, multi paned windows fill the space with ample natural light. Once used for drill practices by soon-to-be-deployed guardsmen, the highly polished poured concrete flooring now begs for dancing. From either end of the main room, staircases lead to a mezzanine that runs the entire length of building, affording guests a bird’s-eye view of the festivities. It’s a great spot for cocktails or overflow seating…and imagine how far you’d be able to toss that bouquet!

For a distinctive “urban oasis” vibe, move from the main floor through sets of oversized double doors to the attached patio. Perfect for intimate ceremonies, an al fresco cocktail hour, or even a lounge under the stars, it features a wall covered in earth-toned excelsior and gracefully climbing vines, and is illuminated by strings of gently glowing bistro lights.

When it comes to the design and theme of your event, you’re really only limited by your imagination. The Armory is truly an ideal blank canvas, ready to reflect—and enhance—your personal style. You’re welcome to bring in any vendors of your choosing, though the pros at Non Plus Ultra are happy to provide you with their preferred list of those who are not only trusted, but familiar with the venue and its unique qualities.

And they do so much more than weddings! The Armory is equipped to handle all your tech and AV needs, and the venue lends itself beautifully to corporate events, launch parties, and holiday galas. It boasts a generously sized catering prep kitchen and loading area, and multiple additional rooms both upstairs and down mean there’s ample opportunity for breakout rooms, dressing suites, staging areas, and more. With its fantastic amenities, timeless style, and desirable location, we’re ready to enlist this San Jose jewel for many more years of distinguished service.

Prices: What's this going to cost?

Rental Fee
  • $10,000/event
  • Venue rental fees can include:

    • 12-hours exclusive use of the ceremony and reception space
    • Security guards and janitorial staff
    • Ample street parking and close public lots
    • Access to the venue's exclusive list of preferred wedding professionals
    • And more!
Package Prices
  • $85/person and up
  • Package prices vary depending on:
    • Package chosen
  • Fully-customized packages are available through this venue's exclusive partner, NON PLUS ULTRA, and can include:

    • Hors d'oeuvres, dinner, and specialty dining services by full-service partner, Global Gourmet Catering
    • Open bar & specialty beverage services
    • Optional event enhancements
    • Event design and production services
    • And more!

    Contact the venue with questions or special requests.

Service Charge or Gratuity
  • 20%


Indoors Outdoors
Ceremony Seated 400 60
Cocktails, etc. Standing 700 100
Reception Seated 350 50
Meetings Total meeting capacity for this venue is 350.

Use of the entire venue is required to accommodate max capacities listed.

CEREMONY CAPACITY: The site seats 350 guests indoors.

EVENT/RECEPTION CAPACITY: Seated or standing, The Armory can accommodate 700 guests indoors and 100 outdoors.

MEETING CAPACITY: Meeting spaces can hold up to 350 guests.

Venue Details

Site Uses

  • Ceremony
  • Wedding Receptions
  • All-Inclusive
  • Rehearsal Dinner
  • Special Events / Parties
  • Business Functions / Meetings
  • Late Night

Essential Info


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Catering is provided exclusively by Global Gourmet Catering, with event-services coordinated by NON PLUS ULTRA. Contact the venue with special requests or questions pertaining to outside caterers.



Beverage Services are coordinated by this venue's exclusive partner, NON PLUS ULTRA. Contact the venue with special requests.

Amplified Music


Wheelchair Access

Wheelchair accessible


Year-round, daily.

Venue Type

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

  • Banquet Hall / Events Facility
  • Historic / Landmark Building
  • Loft / Warehouse / Industrial
  • Unique

Venue Views

Peep the views you’ll enjoy from this venue!

  • No View

Services & Amenities

Feel like a VIP with these services and amenities:

Catering: in-house, BYO
Kitchen Facilities: prep only
Tables & Chairs: CBA
Linens, Silver, etc.: through caterer
Restrooms: wheelchair accessible
Dance Floor: yes
Dressing Areas: yes
AV/Meeting Equipment: CBA, extra fee
Parking: on-street, garage and large lot nearby
Accommodations: no guest rooms
Outdoor Night Lighting: CBA through outside company
Outdoor Cooking Facilities: BBQ CBA
Cleanup: caterer
View: no view
Other: grand piano, picnic area, propane heaters, fire pit, hammocks, swing


But take note of the following limitations!

Alcohol: in-house
Smoking: outdoors only
Music: amplified OK with restrictions
Wheelchair Access: accessible
Insurance: not required


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