Standing atop the SFTS campus on
Geneva Terrace with majestic Mt. Tamalpais in the background, it’s easy to see why this historic, scenic setting has emerged as a premiere destination for gatherings of all types. It is renowned for weddings and receptions. But these unique facilities are also well suited for retirement receptions, memorials, and other celebratory and solemn events that demand a special ambience.
Located adjacent to Stewart Chapel, Geneva Terrace is merely steps from the wedding ceremony and is most dramatic location for your reception. The large terrace can accommodate up to 170 guests seated at rounds (with room for a dance floor). Stunning views of the Ross Valley and Mt. Tamalpais in the distance, as well as the historic stone castles on campus accentuate the importance of your special day. With its curving sweep of stone complementing the lush landscape, guests will revel in their surroundings throughout the event.
Bountiful food stations and bars are framed under the archways of the chapel, making for great photo opportunities. Additionally, your caterer will set up and work in a special area separate from your event, yet just around the corner, allowing for seamless service.
– 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
This large indoor space provides a convenient location ideal for banquet-style seating, dancing and live music (no drums). It is a great companion facility if you hold your wedding ceremony in either Montgomery or Stewart Chapels. 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 your dream reception site with a little creativity.
– Reception Capacity: 150
– Seated Capacity: 110
– Oversized hearth
– Parquet floors
Shaw Guest House
Built in the late 1800s, this beautifully refurbished two-story Victorian home originally served as SFTS faculty housing. Today it boasts six spacious bedrooms, a formal living room with fireplace, formal dining room, 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 Shaw 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.
– Reception Capacity: 50 (additional fee required)
– Six bedrooms
– Sleeping Capacity: 14
– Fully furnished with beautiful antiques
– Large, modern, eat-in kitchen with professional stove and prep island
– Laundry room
– Three full baths
– Formal living room with fireplace
– Formal dining room
– Handicap accessible