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Jefferson Street Mansion

Benicia , CA
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1063 Jefferson St.
Benicia, CA US 94510 (map)

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707-746-0684

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Perched above the Carquinez Strait, the sleepy little town of Benicia is a rich nugget of California history. Its former incarnations include the capitol of California, the Solano County... Read more
Perched above the Carquinez Strait, the sleepy little town of Benicia is a rich nugget of California history. Its former incarnations include the capitol of California, the Solano County seat and the location of the militarily significant Benicia Arsenal. Though the political and military movers-and-shakers are long gone, they left behind a legacy of beautiful old structures like the Jefferson Street Mansion. Built in 1861 for the commanding officer of the Arsenal, this classical Federal Italianate-style building was purchased by current owner Reed Robbins in 1997. Since then, she has spared no expense to renovate, retrofit and restore the mansion, giving it a new lease on life as a fabulous special event venue.

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Once inside the Mansion, turn to your right and enter the magnificent double parlors, whose cream-and-pale green washed walls are adorned with custom gilt molding and medallions. The twelve-foot-high windows have sumptuous wine velvet drapes, bedecked with gold fringe and tied back with plump gold tassels. (Incidentally, these drapes were custom-made in New Orleans by renowned designers Buzz Harper and Les Wisinger, whose other projects include Savannah’s Calhoun Mansion, location of the movie Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil.) The parlors also feature two marble fireplaces, oil paintings, crystal chandeliers and gilt-framed antique mirrors.

Upstairs is the bride’s dressing room. Like the parlors, it has gilt molding, a chandelier, fireplace and custom-made drapes in cream and peach brocade, as well as practical items like a white-and-gold wooden dressing screen, an antique mirrored armoire and a dressing table. Nervous brides can regain their composure on the primrose brocade “fainting couch,” or pose for whimsical photos with the groom in a carved wooden “courting chair.” Also on this floor is the elegant Salon, whose generous balcony is the perfect spot for bouquet tossing.

Other rooms at the Mansion include Reginald’s Pub, designed to resemble a French officer’s club in Rangoon, and three antique and collectible showrooms. It’s quite clear why “Bay Area Backroads” called the Mansion the “Most Romantic Spot in Northern California,” the California Heritage Council gave it the 2004 “Preservation of the Year Award” and CBS “Eye On The Bay” featured it as a top wedding site.

Though you and your guests are encouraged to wander through the Mansion, the primary festivities take place outside. On the generous side lawn, with a water vista, a classic colonnaded fifteen-foot-high arbor guarded by two majestic palm trees makes a charming spot for exchanging vows. Receptions take place on the Mansion’s opposite side. Here, your guests mingle among fountains, statues and flowerbeds, or seek shade in the two elegant fabric-draped pavilions (each with its own chandeliers). The buffet is set up in front of two exquisite antique back-bars, fashioned with intricate carving and spoolwork.

No matter how beautiful the surroundings, your event isn’t going to be much of a success without a competent staff working hard behind the scenes, and that’s exactly what you’ll get when you book an event at the Jefferson Street Mansion. Reed Robbins, who is a wedding coordinator as well as the owner, considers it her personal mission to keep each bride “calm, elegant, and relaxed.” There’s plenty of parking, plus a “one event per day” policy mean you can celebrate as long (and as enthusiastically) as you want. And although we’ve described the Jefferson Street Mansion in terms of weddings, the entertainment possibilities at this topnotch facility are practically endless. So if you’re seeking a venue with the romance of the past and the convenience of the present, take a trip to Benicia and the Jefferson Street Mansion. Your event may not go down in California’s history, but it’s sure to be a day you and your guests will never forget.

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Janet
Wedding:
10/13/2013
5.0/5.0
My goal was to find a talented and well coordinated team to make sure things would go smoothly. Using a combination of advice from friends and from Renee (the wedding coordinator at Jefferson Street Mansion), I choose a team who created a perfect wedding day experience: Renee as the overall coordinator, Renee's mom Theresa as the officiant, Terry Newberry as the Emcee and DJ, Synchronicity string trio for music for two hours before and after the ceremony, Susie Cakes for the cake, the JSM in-house caterer for the dinner, Lynds Photography.
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Cathy
Wedding:
10/22/2012
5.0/5.0
This was amazing. The stress of cleaning up and setting up was my biggest worry. With Jefferson street mansion and the venue coordinator Renee u needed to not worry at all. If I could put 10 stars I would.
Services Used: Catering, Wedding Planning, Wedding Venue
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Anonymous
Wedding:
1+ year ago
5.0/5.0
Most amazing place to get married! Renee is a brides dream come true! This place is magical and very romantic. Book in advance!!
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Anonymous
Wedding:
1+ year ago
5.0/5.0
There is no place better to get married! They make the day so easy. My family and friends cannot believe how beautiful it was for the BIG day.
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Crystal
Wedding:
11/11/2011
5.0/5.0
The most awesome place and Rene was the best. It is a beautiful place that I would recommend to everyone. We had the wedding/Reception there and it was a night that we wished would of not ended. Everyone said that they never had as much fun as they did there.
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Anonymous
Wedding:
2+ years ago
5.0/5.0
Everything went so smooth and according to plan. Renee was great, responsive, regimented and got the wedding going perfectly! The food was great (which was very important to us) and we got to have our open bar at such a deal. Everything was within our budget and we were so happy with the results as were our guests. Beautiful place, great food, friendly and professional staff, and highly recommend (especially if you're a budget bride who wants minimal stress)!
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Atousa
Wedding:
5/21/2011
5.0/5.0
I couldn't have asked for a more unique and stunning venue for our wedding!!! The staff and Rene were nothing less that fantastic and accommodating to my over 260 Guests! The food was amazing and the service spot on!!! If I could do it over again I wouldn't change a thing!!! Thank you JSM!!! ~ Atousa Habibi - Whitaker
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claire
Wedding:
4/9/2011
5.0/5.0
My Daughter and her husband were married at JSM on 4-9-11. It was a most magical day for all. The grounds and the mansion are maintained to perfection. It is like stepping into living history, How wonderful to have this incredible venue in my own hometown. Benicia is proud and lucky to have a woman like Reed that has been so involved in the preservation of this town's history. Not only with the mansion but other projects and commitees she has been involved with over the years.
The food and the service were 5 star. Everything was fresh, delicious and displayed beautifully. The venue was large enough to accomodate our party of 190 easily. Our guests were comfortable and at ease to enjoy the entire poroperty. Which they did while waiting for the photo's to finish so the real party could begin.
Don't know what I would have done without Renee'. She answered questions, answered e-mails and was totally available during the months leading up to the wedding. Day of......She was everywhere. I didn't have to worry about a thing. I was able to enjoy the day and to remember each moment. I thank them both for helping to create the perfect wedding for my Daughter and my new Son.
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lfredeen
Wedding:
9/25/2010
5.0/5.0
The staff of the Jefferson Street Mansion made wedding planning a breeze, as well as the actual day! I enjoyed every minuite of it and never had to worry about ANYTHING! Renee is amazing and she really knows what she is doing. All the staff was so helpful with smiles on their faces. My guests say it's the best wedding they have ever been to. Beautiful atmosphere and flawless wedding coordination! I would recomend this venue to anyone!
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Kristi
Wedding:
8/15/2009
5.0/5.0
The staff felt like family and helped keep this bride's worries at bay, being that I'd put it all together myself. It really was the day I'd imagined and I couldn't have asked for more.
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Karen
Wedding:
6/22/2002
5.0/5.0
My wedding reception at Jefferson Street Mansion was more than I could ever hope for. Reed (the owner) helped me plan every detail and supplied me we a vendor for flowers, photography, DJ and the food was outstanding. All my guests told me it was the best wedding they had ever attended. The best part was Reed allowed me and my husband to have our dogs onsite for the reception. We married in our church(also located in Benicia) and then was able to make our entrance at the reception with our two dogs. Reed made sure everything was perfect and I was able to enjoy my wedding day.
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Anonymous
Wedding:
2+ years ago
5.0/5.0
Our wedding day was perfect. The Jefferson Street Mansion is beautiful. It was the first venue we looked at and we booked it right away! The food was amazing and our guests had a wonderful time! Wish I could do it all over again!
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Donna
Wedding:
8/24/2013
4.9/5.0
We chose Jefferson Street Mansion since it fit the theme of our wedding and it has beautiful grounds and the Mansion is gorgeous! It is also a beautiful location for pictures......our photos all turned out beautiful with the background of the Mansion.

The Concierge, Renee was also great to work with and so helpful... She helped with the coordination and on my special day I felt relieved because I knew she was taking care of setup and directing all the vendors.....she had everything exactly how I had discussed with her.

The food was food, although, I did not eat much since we were so busy. The set up of our food selection was laid out beautifully. We had passed h'oeuvre which every one raved about.....all was perfect!

I highly recommend the Mansion if you are looking for this type of period theme for a wedding. You will be pleased with the food, the management, and the beauty the Mansion has to offer.
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Amanda
Wedding:
5/26/2013
4.9/5.0
Rene was amazing and helped keep our wedding less running smoothly. JSM is beautiful and everyone complimented our wedding. We were repetitively told that the food was the best wedding food they had ever had, that our wedding was the most beautiful and unique they had been to, and that it was the most fun they had ever had at a wedding. Thank you so much for giving us the wedding of our dreams!
Services Used: Catering, Wedding Planning, Lighting & Decor, Wedding Venue
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Liz
Wedding:
5/1/2010
4.8/5.0
JSM was amazing! I wish the day didn't go by as fast because I could have spent all night there! I would highly recommend this venue for your reception :)
Services Used: Catering, Rentals & Photobooths, Wedding Venue
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Erin
Wedding:
3/17/2007
4.8/5.0
Reed at Jefferson Street was amazing! She provided tons of contact information for local vendors. She was kind, very relaxed and so helpful. Her staff was amazing and very attentive throughout the whole day. She made us feel welcome and like we were at home. The grounds are spectacular and gorgeous. The food was wonderful and the wine was top notch! After looking for a location for almost 2 years, the moment I met Reed and took a tour of the house & grounds, I knew this was the place.
Services Used: Catering, Rentals & Photobooths, Wedding Venue, Unique Services
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Brittany
Wedding:
11/10/2012
4.7/5.0
Love Love Love this venue and Renee' the wedding coordinator. They made my wedding perfect and I am still receiving complements on how beatuful my wedding was.
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Erika
Wedding:
8/10/2012
4.5/5.0
After looking and looking for venues we decided on the Jefferson street mansion. They were very accommodating to our needs and wants. Renee worked with me on everything and the end result was just breath taking! The price is good and the food is simply one of the best "wedding foods" ever(according to my guests as well as my husband and I ) we are so happy to have picked the mansion as our venue.
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Lindsay
Wedding:
7/17/2009
4.3/5.0
Jefferson St. Mansion was wonderful for the wedding. The mansion was perfect for my wedding. Reed and Renee were great. Pricey on the alcohol though and never received an itemized statement.
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AdriaBani
Wedding:
7/12/2008
3.9/5.0
The JSM is not inexpensive, but it is a very good value. Our wedding cost around $20,000, but several guests estimated it to be a $50,000 or even $100,000 wedding. The JSM provides a truly unique and extremely elegant location for both the ceremony and the reception. Check out their website for more info.
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