The Muckenthaler Mansion Est. 1965

1201 W Malvern Ave, Fullerton, CA, United States

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Say "I do" to 9 acres of pastoral green with vistas of gently rolling gardens, swaying palms, and picturesque architecture.
Use the family's former tea house gazebo as the ideal photo spot at this 1920's Spanish Colonial revival.
The Lowdown
Type
Estate / House / Mansion / Villa
Garden
Historic Building
Museum
Views
Courtyard
Garden
Historical Monument
Landscaped Grounds
Meadow/Field
Style
Art Deco
Elegant
Romantic
Spanish
Vintage
BEST type of CELEBRATIONS
Anniversary / Engagement Party
Birthday Party
Charity Event
Corporate Event
Dinner Party
Holiday Party
LGBT Weddings
Rehearsal Dinner / Welcome Reception
Social Event
Wedding Ceremony

Venue Setting

The Historic Muckenthaler Mansion is located on 9 acres of park-like grounds. With a vista of gently rolling gardens, swaying palms, and picturesque architecture, we have the ideal setting for your special day! The Mansion, built in the 1920's, has one of a kind architecture making it a stunning backdrop for your wedding. Ceremonies are held in the intimate Italian Garden, enclosed with lush palm trees and foliage.
Fees
(Prices listed here are estimates only & are subject to change)
Price Range

Does this include catering fees?

No

Estimated Price Per Head

from $75 to $120

Insurance

Additional Insurance Is Not Required To Host An Event Here

Capacity

Seated
600
Buffet
600
Standing
2000
Celebrations Hosted Here Since
1965
Curfew
10 PM
Venue Spaces
Indoor & Outdoor Venue Spaces Available
Catering
Client Must Use The Catering Provided By The Venue
Alcohol
Provided By Venue For Fee – You Must Use The Venue For All Alcohol Services
Corkage/Bottle Fee – You Can Bring Your Own Alcohol For A Fee
Music
Indoors & Outdoors
Smoking
Designated Smoking Areas Only
Accommodations
Bridal and Grooms Suite
Eco/Green Events
Yes
Pet-Friendly Events
Yes
Kid Friendly Events
Yes
Handicap Accessible
Yes
Amenities
  • A/V Equipment
  • Bridal Suite/Changing Rooms Onsite
  • Street Parking
  • Ample Parking Onsite
  • Dining Chairs
  • Dining Tables
  • Onsite Restrooms
Venue Features
The Scene:
The Muckenthaler Mansion is set on 9 acres of land in the city of Fullerton, in beautiful Orange County, CA. The property is lined with 100 year old oak trees, features a working art gallery and a amphitheater that hosts shows & concerts every Thursday. Clients & Guests enjoy full use of the mansion and surrounding lawns.
Design:
Commissioned at an original cost of $35,000, the Muckenthaler home was built by Walter and Adella Muckenthaler in 1924 atop a hill in Fullerton. The 18-room, 8.5-acre mansion was donated to the city in 1965 by Harold Muckenthaler, who wished to see his childhood home used as a cultural center for the public. The home was built in a Spanish Colonial Revival style and showcases most of the original features of the home. A real showstopper is the stained wood & iron spiral staircase that the Muckenthaler's hand picked & imported from Italy. The stone house gazebo used to act as the family's tea house, and now creates an ideal photo spot.
Standout Venue Features:
This property boasts 9 acres of land which can be utilized for stunning tented receptions, lawn games and other activities for your guests. There is a amphitheater that can be utilized for private event performances. Colette's Catering & Events is the exclusive caterer at The Muckenthaler, and handle every aspect of your event... from your first tour till the last guest departs. Colette's is a boutique catering company that truly believes in sharing a meal together. When you choose to have your event at the Muckenthaler, you can rest assured that your treating your guests and yourself to the best.
Extra Perks:
The Muckenthaler Mansion only hosts one event a day, so when you rent the mansion for your event it's truly yours for the day. Guests are welcome to take advantage of the entire property and move locations for different portions of the event.
Awards & Notables In 1999, the Muckenthaler received designation by the National Register of Historic Places. The Muckenthaler Mansion has been awarded the most eclectic venue in Orange County by Orange Coast Magazine, OCHotList's Best Wedding Venue and weddings at the mansion have been published on notable blogs such as Style Me Pretty, and Green Wedding Shoes.
Celebration Locations
Adella Lawn:
Large lawn right next to the mansion.
- View: Guests enjoy a view of the Muckenthaler's 1920's home to the east and the setting sun behind our oak trees to the west
- Max Capacity: 400
- Price: Join the party and sign in to view pricing
Italian Garden:
The Italian Garden is the perfect location for ceremonies or intimate dinner parties semi-enclosed by 10ft hedges and palms
- View: garden view
- Max Capacity: 200
- Price: Join the party and sign in to view pricing
Northwest Lawn:
sprawling lawn with large oak trees bordering the property
- View: Guests enjoy a view of the Muckenthaler's 1920's home to the east and the setting sun behind our oak trees to the west
- Max Capacity: 2,000
- Price: Join the party and sign in to view pricing
The Gallery:
The inside of this historic home has been renovated into a gallery, but still boasts the original spanish tiles, and art deco architectural details.
- View: indoor gallery with ample natural light
- Max Capacity: 130 Seated for Dinner
- Price: Join the party and sign in to view pricing
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Throw a Gorgeous Gatsby-esque Gala at Muckenthaler Mansion
Jordan Willner
REPORT
No. 26921
VENUE:
The Muckenthaler Mansion
LOCATION:
Fullerton, California
TYPE
STYLE
SETTINGS
Historic Building
Spanish Colonial Meets Italian Renaissance
Hilltop in the OC
REPORTER: Jordan Willner
Throw a Gorgeous Gatsby-esque Gala at Muckenthaler Mansion
Throw a Gorgeous Gatsby-esque Gala at Muckenthaler Mansion
Throw a Gorgeous Gatsby-esque Gala at Muckenthaler Mansion

The Report

Photos by Perpixel Photography

If one were to envision the great works of F. Scott Fitzgerald and Ernest Hemingway brought to life, then Muckenthaler Mansion would, without a doubt, satisfy that thought. Set in the heart of North Orange County, a city replete with perfect climate,grassy parks, and sandy beaches, rests this praiseworthy property that seems to have been torn out of novel. Stretched across nine acres of parkland, the lush garden grounds, towering palms, and European-styled architecture has been presented with several awards and accolades, which to us, only further proves how breathtaking this venue truly is.

Atop a hill in a quiet town stands the eighteen-room Spanish colonial mansion, known today as Muckenthaler Mansion. Built in 1924, husband and wife, Walter and Adella Muckenthaler took up residency with their family at what they considered to be their dream home, and boy is it a dream! With a life having fully developed at this fantasy of a spot, son, Harold spent his days at the mansion even beyond the passing of his parents, Walter and Adella. In 1965 Harold made the decision to donate the property due to his longtime desire of seeing his childhood home used as a cultural center for the public to enjoy (thanks, Harold!). Despite being a public space today, the historic mansion presently still exhibits original and vintage features of the home, which can be found in theItalian-imported iron spiral staircase and the stone house gazebo.

The atmosphere at the mansion sets the perfect tone for a variety of events and celebrations, making for a successful fête filled with good times and happy guests! Presenting a host of views, including, but not limited to the cityscape, lush gardens, and picturesque courtyard, we can guarantee that at every site you will have hearts in your eyes. This spot is beyond fitting for something as special as a wedding, anniversary party, birthday party, holiday party, charity event, social event…you name the occasion, this spot was made for it.  When we heard about the gorgeous rustic wedding that was planned, photographed, and filmed at the mansion, we knew that we HAD to provide you with some details so you could see for yourself how a celebration at the property pans out! Colette, of Colette Events and her team of planners and caterers, Perpixel Photography, and Joseph De Leon Film all came together to make beautiful couple Esther and David’s dream come true! We chatted with Perpixel Photography who gave us the ‘OK’ to share some imagery of the spectacular day, which left us completely breathless, so check out the gorgeous pics that will leave you oohing and ahhing for days!

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