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Built in 1880 as personal family grounds and now owned by members of the private University Club of Santa Barbara, The Riviera Mansion is an exclusive wedding venue location that resides in the historic estate district of Santa Barbara’s lower Riviera. One block from the central Santa Barbara Courthouse, Alameda Park and Alice Keck Park Memorial Gardens, and the world-class State Street shopping, hotel and eatery area, the Riviera Mansion is the premier Santa Barbara wedding event venue of choice for couples wanting to tie the knot in elegance and style, yet with exquisite comforts and topnotch service.

Since it’s original development as a private residence by James W. Calkins and nicknamed “Calkins Castle,” the estate has been beautifully renovated and maintained, boasting Spanish Colonial Revival architecture, with its own private art collection and antiques, brick patios, walkways and gardens, and complimentary parking and WiFi for all Riviera Mansion guests.

The Riviera Mansion

Located conveniently in the heart of downtown Santa Barbara, California, it’s exquisite and historic ambiance throughout and central location makes it a highly sought after event and wedding venue. Members and invited guests can enjoy the fine cuisine and private dining experiences, with easy and complimentary on-site parking and indoor as well as outdoor dining options among other Mansion amenities. The Riviera Mansion is the best kept secret for those seeking an extraordinary backdrop for their event!

We take great pride in making every event a memorable and exquisite one. From start to finish, as a guest client of ours, we make sure every detail is in place for your special day and you are able to experience the exceptional level of service and personal care that goes into the planning of your event. As a full service wedding venue location, we take care of all food, beverage, staffing, bar, setup and breakdown. You will be able to focus on other more important details, saving time and money in the process of planning your wedding event.

We welcome you to set up a time to tour the Riviera Mansion and meet together to review the vision of your perfect day. In fact, you may just fall in love with The Riviera Mansion and decide to host several events here including your Rehearsal Dinner, Wedding Ceremony & Reception and Next Day Brunch. Every event is designed individually with a whole-host of complimentary inclusions to draw upon. We look forward to working with you in making your event a successful and memorable one that you and your guests will cherish for a lifetime.

Mansion Rooms Include: 

  • Grand Entry 
  • Living Room 
  • Dining Room 
  • Library 
  • Bar 
  • Alumni Room 
  • Bride's Suite 
  • Groom's Suite 
  • Sola Room 
  • Garden Lawn and Patio
  • Park Lawn & Sola Patio

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