Special Event Venues
Dating to its inception in 1871, San Francisco Theological Seminary has embraced people of all faith traditions and ethnic backgrounds. This ecumenical spirit, along with historic buildings and beautiful environs, has helped create an inspiring locale for meetings, seminars, retreats and celebrations. Whether you are seeking meeting rooms and lodging for a weeklong conference or looking for a place to hold a bar mitzvah, San Francisco Theological Seminary has several venues to choose from for your special event.

Geneva Terrace

Located adjacent to Stewart Chapel, Geneva Terrace offers stunning views of the surrounding mountain peaks, the redwoods, Ross Valley and the historic architecture of the SFTS campus. This beautiful outdoor venue is a dramatic location for parties and receptions, where friends and family, or colleagues can gather outdoors to take advantage of our incredible vistas.

With its curving sweep of stone complementing the lush landscape and Mt. Tamalpais as your backdrop, rest assured that all photos taken will look as if they were just posted in a magazine.

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- Capacity: 170 seated (with room for dance floor)
- Views of Mt. Tamalpais, Ross Valley and stone castles
- Beautiful architectural archways
- Large bride and groom rooms
- 60" round tables (8-10 guests) and white folding wedding chairs included in rental
- Alcohol is permitted with licensed bartending service
- Must use preferred caterer (list provided)
- All DJs must be pre-approved by SFTS and sign contract with us in order to perform
- No live dance bands. String ensembles and other non-drum instruments with prior approval
- All events must end by 10 p.m. (music must end at 9:30 p.m.)
- $1 million liability event insurance required

Lower Alexander Hall

This large indoor space provides a convenient location ideal for banquet-style seating, dancing and live music (no drums). With its large adjacent patio and grass area, parquet floor, oversized hearth, wall of windows, and soaring ceilings, Lower Alexander is a basic "shell venue" that you can turn into an event space with a little creativity.

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- Reception Capacity: 150
- Seated Capacity: 110
- Oversized hearth
- Parquet floors
- Tables and chairs included in rental
- Large glass windows/doors
- Adjoining outside terrace and grass area
- Must use preferred caterer (list available)
- $1 million liability insurance required for all events

Shaw Guest House

Built in the late 1800s, this beautifully refurbished two-story Victorian home originally served as SFTS faculty housing. Today it boasts five spacious bedrooms, a formal living room with fireplace, formal dining room, den, and three full baths. The huge sweeping front porch and gourmet kitchen make this the perfect venue for a variety of gatherings such as wedding rehearsal dinners, intimate receptions, bridal party housing, out-of-town guests and overflow family lodging, or a romantic getaway.   

Additionally, the antiques in the Guest House have been passed down over the decades by students, faculty and residents, and are considered priceless.  It is often joked that many of the wives of SFTS presidents and others associated with the Seminary have become quite protective of the accumulated pieces. Additional deposit is required to protect the collectables.

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- Sleeping Capacity: 12
- Reception Capacity: 50 (additional fee required)
- Fully furnished with beautiful antiques
- Large, modern, eat-in kitchen with professional stove and prep island
- Laundry room
- Three full baths
- Five bedrooms plus den
- Formal living with fireplace
- Formal dining room
- Handicap accessible
- Must use preferred caterer (list available).  Self catering okay for smaller events
- $1 Million liability insurance required for all events

Montgomery Chapel

Constructed in 1897, Montgomery Chapel has served various denominations over the years, providing homes to First Presbyterian Church, Greek Orthodox and Jewish congregations. Today the chapel is utilized primarily to train SFTS seminarians for their ministries, offering two chapel services a week. 

The stone chapel is graced with beautiful stained-glass windows and carvings depicting scenes from the Hebrew Scriptures, which make it ideally suited for bar and bat mitzvahs. It can accommodate up to 90 guests in its unique rotunda structure. With its high-domed ceiling and intimate size, the chapel offers excellent acoustics and does not require any additional sound. Musical performances are fantastic in this venue and many artists covet this location for concerts. 

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- Capacity: 90
- Historic stone architecture
- Spectacular Tiffany-style stained-glass
- windows
- Intimate atmosphere
- Lush surrounding gardens
- Grand piano
- Excellent acoustics
- Montague Hall Bride room featuring oversized hearth and stained glass windows

Geneva Hall, Room 100

Geneva Hall is a Neo-Gothic structure designed to replicate the Basilica of St. Francis of Assisi, and has served many purposes at SFTS since it was dedicated in 1952. The Seminary's surprisingly expansive library is still housed there as are several classrooms. Room 100 is a bright, open space perfect for meetings, activities, and pre- or post-event gatherings. 

  • Reception Capacity: 60; Theatre Capacity: 75
  • Carpeted floors
  • Bright, inviting space

Montague Hall

Montague Hall is located adjacent to Montgomery Chapel and offers a very comfortable setting for meetings, business retreats, pre- or post-event gatherings, intimate retirement parties and small receptions. With its stone fa├žade, oversized hearth and beautiful stained glass windows, Montague Hall welcomes guests into the space through huge double doors. The small kitchenette is conducive to serving refreshments for smaller groups. 

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- Reception Capacity: 40; Theatre Capacity: 50
- Oversized hearth
- Stained glass windows
- Historic Scottish castle style architecture
- Carpeted floors
- Small kitchen/prep room
- Lush surrounding gardens

Bouick Field

Surrounded by majestic redwood trees, special arrangements can be made to rent this private grass meadow for all events types: birthday parties, business retreats, company picnics, team-building activities, retirement parties, banquets and fund-raisers. The area can be tented with special permission from the Conference Services Staff. Please note there is no running water nor any restroom facilities on Bouick Field; all must be brought in.  Please inquire with our staff for rental company recommendations.

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- Seated and Reception Capacity: 500
- Bordered by redwood grove
- No restrooms or running water
- Special arrangements must be made with Conference Services for use

Susanna Baird Hall Retreat Center

Surrounded by redwood trees, Susanna Baird Hall offers an ideal peaceful setting for your next retreat. This two-story building features 28 double-occupancy rooms (2 twin beds) to accommodate 56 guests and boasts a fully-equipped kitchen (complete with all your cooking needs), dining hall and large lounge / living room to accommodate all your guests. Dormitory style private showers and men's/women's public restrooms are located on each floor. Susanna Baird Hall's proximity to Alexander Hall and other campus meeting spaces, plus ample parking, make this venue a perfect match for conference or retreat guests.

Within walking distance to down San Anselmo, the SFTS campus is close enough to have all the comforts of home, yet the ambience of surrounding redwoods will give those in your group a sense of getting away from it all.

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- Sleeps 56 double occupancy
- Quiet setting
- Adjoining lawn featuring labyrinth
- Fully-equipped kitchen
- Community dining hall to accommodate 50
- Large TV Lounge
- Wireless Internet in public areas and high speed connections in guest rooms
- Private showers

Schedule a Tour

Contact Heather Liencres, manager of Conference Services, with questions or to schedule a tour of our facilities: hliencres@sfts.edu, (415)-451-2836.


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