About Unitarian Society of Santa BarbaraLocated at 1535 Santa Barbara street, the Unitarian Society of Santa Barbara sits directly across from the lovely Alice Keck Park Memorial Gardens. The 80 -year-old historic building was designed in the Spanish style and incorporates many beautiful antique architectural elements. The Sanctuary has a rounded ceiling, a raised chancel and altar area, tiled floor and large stained glass windows. Gardens surround the church building. A unique brick courtyard with center Fountain is enclosed within the church grounds and is accessible from the Sanctuary or the Reception facility. With lovely outdoor lighting, the gardens make a beautiful setting for daytime or evening photography. You will find many opportunities for memorable photographs. The church campus includes a Reception hall and kitchen that can accommodate both formal and informal receptions.
The beautifully manicured lower Courtyard is available for rent as well, and is often transformed into a dancing, music or cocktail hour between Ceremony and Reception.
The Unitarian Society of Santa Barbara prides itself on welcoming the diversity of our community and is dedicated to providing space to all couples regardless of sexual identity or religious background. No religious artifacts are displayed in the sanctuary.
The Unitarian Sanctuary and grounds combine all the elements of a perfect event like no other site in Santa Barbara.
◊ Beautiful, historic church that seats 285.
◊ Central downtown location with easy accessibility.
◊ Lovely gardens and grounds with enclosed brick courtyard, and fountain.
◊ Magnificent pipe organ and fine acoustics.
◊ Spacious Reception Hall with a full commercial kitchen.
The Church Sanctuary can seat 285 guests. Original wooden pews are situated on the main floor and in a rear balcony that overlooks the Sanctuary. Large stained glass windows reflect colorful light throughout all hours of the day. Overhead lighting can be supplemented with graceful candelabras placed at each pew. The church was designed to accommodate beautiful music, and the Sanctuary’s acoustics are some of the best in Santa Barbara. A Steinway grand piano and a 1,800 pipe organ are available for use during the ceremony.
The Unitarian Minister and Musical Accompanists are available to participate in the ceremony. Please inquire about rates.
Also overlooking the Courtyard garden, the Reception hall can accommodate guests. Tables and cushioned chairs are available for inside use. A full commercial kitchen facility is available for your caterer. The Reception hall has a stage area suitable for live music or entertainment.
Six parking spaces are available on the church grounds. Guest parking is available in the surrounding neighborhood within walking distance to the sanctuary. Valet parking may be contracted.
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