The Faculty Club University of California at Berkeley • Berkeley • California 94720
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Why You'll Love This Place
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UC Berkeley has many picturesque settings, but the loveliest one may well be that of the Faculty Club. Located in the heart of campus, it's quietly ensconced in a grove of redwoods, oaks and maples next to meandering Strawberry Creek. Built in 1902 by the renowned architect Bernard Maybeck in traditional Arts and Crafts style, it's designed to create a cozy, intimate feeling.
The crowning glory of the club is the three-story Great Hall. With its vaulted ceiling, massive stone fireplace, and stained-glass windows featuring heraldic crests of the great universities of the world, it's reminiscent of many a European cathedral. Light from the floor-to-ceiling windows warms the redwood paneling and suffuses the Hall in a golden glow.
Two charming smaller spaces are also available for functions. The Heyns and Seaborg rooms (named respectively after a chancellor and a distinguished University Nobel Laureate) both have French doors leading to a private outdoor area with a garden view. The Seaborg Room is especially striking, with its open-beamed A-frame ceiling and wisteria-framed windows overlooking the peaceful Faculty Glade Lawn.
The Faculty Club has long been a favorite site for meetings, bar and bat mitzvahs, anniversary parties, class reunions, retreat,s and retirement dinners. But it really comes into its own during weddings. Many couples like to have the ceremony right outside on the Faculty Glade Lawn, then move into the Great Hall for the wedding feast. (The Heyns and Seaborg Rooms also have private terraces for al fresco ceremonies.) Aside from the building itself, the staff is the Faculty Club's greatest asset. They've been producing events since 1902, and they're experienced at accommodating a wide range of special requests. Do any of your guests have particular dietary needs? The Faculty Club can provide gluten-free, vegetarian, or vegan dishes. For the ultimate in convenience, your family and friends are welcome to stay overnight in the club's hotel bedrooms (which are often reserved for visiting scholars). From these comfortable lodgings, it's just a quick walk down the stairs to the ceremony. Also, if the bride needs a room for changing, or for storing flowers or gifts, the club will provide one.
The Faculty Club's full catering service handles all the food & beverages—including the bar—and they offer menus for every type of event, from a brunch buffet to a formal sit-down dinner. Their catering staff hails from all over the world, and can create authentic cuisine from many countries including India, Mexico, Peru, Greece and Spain. The Faculty Club has been serving its members and guests for over 100 years, and will do everything possible to make your event successful and enjoyable.
Packages start at $4,000 and include the following:
- Indoor space to perfectly suit your guest count
- Spacious outdoor lawn for the ceremony
- Private outdoor patio
- Custom menus
- On-site lodging at the Faculty Club Hotel (optional)
Prices: What's this going to cost?
- Rental fee varies depending on:
- Space reserved
Great Hall | 220 or fewer guests |$8,000
Heyns Room | 80 or fewer guests | $4,000
Seaborg Room | 60 or fewer guests | $3,000
All rentals include 5-hour use of the reserved space, plus 2-hour setup and 1-hour breakdown, tables, menu tasting, linens and napkins, glassware, flatware, and china.
Rental of the Great Hall also includes use of Kerr Dining, Kerr Deck, Faculty Glade, and Howard Room & Lounge, with a ceremony set with white chairs.
Meals (when priced separately)
Menu packages include butler-passed hors d'oeuvres, salad, choice of entrées, seasonal vegetables, rice or potatoes, bread & butter, and coffee & tea service.
There is an extra facility fee of 20% of the event total.
|Meetings||Total meeting capacity for this venue is 150.|
CEREMONY CAPACITY: The Faculty Glade holds 250 seated guests; indoor spaces hold up to 200 seated.
EVENT/RECEPTION CAPACITY: The Great Hall accommodates 230 seated or 300 standing for a cocktail party.
MEETING CAPACITY: The club can seat 150 theater-style.
- Outdoor Ceremony
- Wedding Receptions
- Elopement Packages
- Small Wedding
- Rehearsal Dinner
- Special Events / Parties
- Business Functions / Meetings
- On-Site Accommodations
BYO with corkage fee
Year-round, daily, anytime (except days on which there is a Cal home football game).
Buildings, other structures, and natural settings available at this venue:
- Banquet Hall / Events Facility
- College Campus / School
- Historic / Landmark Building
- Private Club
Peep the views you’ll enjoy from this venue!
- Creek / River
- Forest / Woods
- Landscaped Grounds
Services & Amenities
Feel like a VIP with these services and amenities:
Kitchen Facilities: n/a
Tables & Chairs: provided
Linens, Silver, etc.: provided
Restrooms: wheelchair accessible
Dance Floor: yes
Dressing Areas: yes
AV/Meeting Equipment: BYO or CBA, extra charge
Parking: pay parking on campus evenings and weekends; reserved/hosted parking is available, restrictions may apply
Accommodations: 23 guest rooms
Outdoor Night Lighting: yes
Outdoor Cooking Facilities: no
View: lawn, creek, and garden
Other: event coordination, baby grand and upright pianos, wireless internet connection in hotel and banquet rooms
But take note of the following limitations!
Alcohol: in-house or BYO wine, corkage $20/bottle
Smoking: not allowed
Music: amplified OK until 11pm
Wheelchair Access: except to Seaborg Room
Insurance: all outside vendors must provide proof of insurance
Other: no rice or glitter; no nails, staples, or tacks on walls
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