The Inside Scoop
FROM THE KNOT EDITORS
The First Look
Located in Pasadena, California, The Maxwell House is a bungalow built in 1929 which offers a stately venue for ceremonies and receptions. Built by a lawyer and philanthropist named George H. Maxwell, it served as a private home and place to entertain guests until the 1940s. It has since been used as an army hospital in WWII and as the courthouse of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit. It currently is used by the Western Justice Center and is on the National Registry of Historic Places. Inspired by Mediterranean Italianate architecture, the building has a historic Palladian entrance.
The living room features elegant carpeting and a ceiling with historic architectural detailing. A picturesque fireplace and grand window complete the bungalow appeal of the room. This luxurious setting can accommodate up to 100 guests.
The patio includes two courtyards and it can accommodate up to 120 guests. Well manicured shrubbery and palm trees frame the dual patios. The buildings white stucco walls give the area a classic southern California vibe.
There are two additional rooms that can be utilized for very small receptions, open bar or dance floor.
The dining room has floor-to-ceiling windows with views of the rose garden. The carpet mimics an area rug and the ceiling is beautifully painted. There chic inlaid lighting adds a soft brightness to the elegant antique dining table.
The library i s an ideal area for groomsmen to gather before the wedding. The antique dining table is available for smaller group rehearsal dinners as well. The floors are a dark hardwood with wood accents throughout the walls and ceilings. The modern lighting is a nice touch in this historic room.
What You Should Know
The Maxwell House is rented by the day with an availability of 11:00 a.m. to 11:00 p.m. on the weekends and 9:00 a.m. to 11:00 p.m. during the week. Additional rehearsal time is included on Fridays between 2:30 p.m. and 5:30 p.m. The rental includes tables and chairs. It also offers a P/A system, projection capabilities and microphones. Music is permitted indoors during the week after 5:00 p.m. and from 11:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m. on the weekends. Acoustic music is permitted outdoors on the patio until 7:00 p.m.
For all other necessities, couples should plan on bringing in outside vendors. This includes caterers, for which there are no restrictions, save food trucks. There is a professional kitchen available for caterers. For parking, guests can use the free parking at the Courthouse. For more parking, couples can reserve parking at the Pasadena Elks Lodge nearby.
- No glitter, confetti or streamers
- No adhesive materials including nails
- Candles only with pre-approval
- No smoking
- No pets
The Maxwell House offers event planning and coordination. There is also staff to help during the day of the wedding. In addition, the venue provides the following perks:
- Outside vendor for food and drinks allowed
- Exclusive use of the venue
From the Vendor
The Maxwell House
A grand mansion built in the 1920s as a private summer residence to the Maxwell family, the Maxwell House serves as a historic site to the area! The Maxwell family chose noted architects Marston and Maybury to design their home in the elegant Mediterranean Italianate style, with tile roofing, stucco walls, a strong Palladian entrance and elaborate detailing. The soaring entry hall and decoratively painted ceiling panels suggest immediately that other grand spaces will open to you. Event rentals include access to a library meeting room, complete with a dark wood table and fireplace, main ballroom with windows facing a rose garden, a grand staircase and entryway, bold dining room fit for the era and perfect for meetings, and the open-air back patio! Weddings also include dressing suites!
Amenities + Details
Outdoor - Not Covered
For more details about amenities, please message the Venue.
$$ – Affordable
Garden, Estate, Historic Venue
Our own little mansionReviewed on 5/23/2013 Mari Z
We found this little gem by accident and couldn't have been happier. It's a gorgeous old mansion with huge rooms and tons of charm. All we had to do was add the food and a few lights and we had a stunning space for our wedding. They even have a patio out back where we had our ceremony. It's a perfect quiet location among the most beautiful houses in Pasadena. The venue was also super easy to work with, with very few strict rules. We had a fantastic time and it felt like a home wedding, only in a fantastic mansion!
Beautiful Venue for DIY WeddingReviewed on 7/25/2015 Monique V
My husband and I tied the knot at The Maxwell House on a Saturday evening this past June. The venue was the perfect setting for our wedding, especially because of the layout of the rooms and back patio. We were able to have our ceremony and reception all in the same place, which made it very convenient. Even better - they let you bring in your own alcohol and caterer, which helped keep our wedding costs low while still putting together the perfect wedding. Definitely recommended for a couple who is looking to through an elegant, classy wedding without the crazy price tag.
Great Affordable Location!Reviewed on 9/19/2014 Kelly S
I loved the Maxwell House! They were wonderful and really accommodating. For the rental price, which is VERY affordable for the LA area, you get 3 hrs the day before the event (you can set up all of your decorations and leave them there. BIG plus) and 12 hours the day of the event. Everyone I dealt with was really nice and helpful, and I had a great experience overall. They only negative is that there isn't really a good place for the guys to get ready at the venue. My husband and his guys just stayed at the hotel instead, and took getting ready pictures there. Also, it can't accommodate a big wedding. The dining room can only hold 100 people, which was perfect for us, but if you need a bigger guest list, then this is not the venue for you. Otherwise, it is a great venue.
Awesome, Awesome, Awesome!Reviewed on 12/03/2013 Sierra L
I love the Maxwell House. Camilla was so great. She answered all of our questions through out the 9 month process of booking the venue and then planning for it. She allowed multiple members of my family to stop by throughout the 9 month planning process to view the venue and worked with our vendors when we ran into issues. The venue is absolutely gorgeous and required basically no decorating. The best part was the fact that venue cost only $2600 to rent the entire building and included chairs, tables, and a great kitchen. We received so many compliments for the venue and just could not have imagined ourselves getting married anywhere else. Perfect location, tons of options for taking photos, doesn't get any better.
EleganceReviewed on 10/28/2013 Robin H
Meet The Events Director
Lisa & Nicole
As of January 2017, Lisa and Nicole are the new event coordinators for the Maxwell House in pasadena! They are happy to help you with any questions regarding your rental or venue amenities. Schedule a tour with them and you can have a personalized site visit at your convenience!