Venue Spotlight: Riviera Mansion
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A gracious reminder of the past, Riviera Mansion is a premier wedding venue in Santa Barbara’s historic estate district of lower Riviera. Built as a private estate in 1880, Riviera Mansion has transcended time in its preservation of simple yet historic elegance and grandeur. Located just a block from the Courthouse, Alice Keck Park—“the prettiest park in Santa Barbara”— and State Street, the estate effortlessly captures the charm and allure of its surrounding home. With its iconic architecture, lush backdrops, and dramatic details, the mansion lends its unforgettable style and enchanting ambiance to every affair held within its grounds.
With its warm, Spanish Revival style elements, the mansion’s façade spells out romance. The white stucco exterior, the red terra cotta rooftop, the wrought iron work gracing windows and lanterns, and the iconic wooden doors combine to deliver a look that is warm, rustic, and distinctly Californian. Beyond the doors, the Living Room boasts wood-beam ceilings, ornate rugs, a collection of period artwork, and a gorgeous Steinway Grand Piano. Bathed in natural light, the Living Room can be transformed into an elegant space for cocktail receptions and dinner. Dancing and dining go hand in hand in the Dining Room, where Spanish chandeliers and a fireplace bring an old-world look and feel. The Dining Room and the adjoining bar area flows into the charming Library where guests can mingle and enjoy drinks and dessert amidst the walls of old books, the rich woodwork, and the fireplace bordered by delicately painted tile. The grounds of the estate provide plenty of secluded, lush spots to host a ceremony or cocktail reception. Accented by mountain views, the Garden Lawn and Patio is framed by tall, trimmed hedges that foster an intimate garden atmosphere. Here, vows are exchanged with the sound of the Spanish fountain bubbling in the background. Finally, the Park Lawn overlooks the Alice Keck Park and enjoys the picturesque backdrop of the mansion façade with its front doors and iron balcony, marking the lawn as yet another perfect spot for the ceremony.