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The Venue at the Palace of Fine Arts
San Francisco

​The Venue at The Palace of Fine Arts​

With its Greco-Roman rotunda and colonnades, immaculately planted grounds, lagoon, and super-spacious exhibition center and theater, this San Francisco treasure brings the wow factor to corporate events, private parties, trade shows, conferences, galas, weddings and more.

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Following the devastating 1906 earthquake and fire, San Francisco was inspired to show the world how it had risen from the ashes. So, in 1910, business and civic leaders convened to discuss making the city the site of the century’s first great world’s fair, a grand exposition to honor the completion of the Panama Canal. In two hours, $4 million was raised and San Francisco beat competitors like New Orleans and Washington, D.C. to host the 1915 Panama-Pacific International Exposition.

Widely considered the most beautiful structure at the exhibition, the Palace of Fine Arts is the work of California architect Bernard Maybeck. Inspired by a Piranesi engraving that features a Roman ruin reflected in a pool, Maybeck’s masterpiece was the mirror of a ruin that existed not for its own sake but to show “the mortality of grandeur and the vanity of human wishes.” Like other features of the fair, the Palace was meant to come down at the close of the fair.

Today the venue is available for corporate events, trade shows and galas, where your guests can write the next chapter of this icon in the National Register of Historic Places in San Francisco.

Key Features:

• 140,000 sq. ft. of inside space
• 5,000-person capacity
• On-site management
• On-site parking
• 55’, 48’, and 37’ foot tall ceilings
• Smaller Concourse Level Areas
• Hangar Pavilion (17,000 sq. ft.)
• Atrium (13,500 sq. ft.)
• 10 break-out rooms and classrooms (1,000 – 2,800 sq. ft. each)
• 4 Smaller Mezzanine Level Areas (2,100 – 3,700 sq. ft. each)
• 135-person performing arts theater
• Power and Wi-Fi capabilities
• Truck loading dock

Global Gourmet Catering is proud to be a preferred catering services provider for this amazing venue!

What We Love About This Venue
Conveniently located just moments away from the Golden Gate Bridge, the iconic Palace of Fine Arts provides an astonishing venue for your event that’s sure to impress your guests before they even get in the door.

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