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The First Unitarian Church Of San Jose
The Place for Extraordinary Events

View from the street

The First Unitarian Church of San José is a beautiful and historic building located right in the heart of downtown San José across directly across from St. James Park. Early on, the church developed a mission of commitment to the inherent worth and dignity of all people and continues to serve this purpose in the surrounding the community today. Originally built in 1892, the picturesque building is currently registered as a California Historical Landmark.

The church sanctuary includes dozens of floral stained-glass windows arranged in a semicircle on both the main floor and the mezzanine which creates a dazzling light displays throughout. The seating consist of wooden rows that have developed a charming patina that lends well to the space. The triple-arched chancel looks over the intricately designed labyrinth carpet detail, adding a note of contemplation to the spirituality of the surroundings. Last, but certainly not least, a Steinway Baby Grand and Galanti Organ adds elegant finishing touches to the space. 

Our facility offers special amenities including: A ramp that leads to our side entrance; hearing assist devices; large type hymnals available and a building elevator. Parking Validation for Weekdays and Weekends is also included.

Your group is welcome to gather in the parlor-style Fireside Room, which features an upright piano, beautiful wainscoted walls and a gorgeously maintained barrel ceiling. It also features a wooden fireplace as well as notable antique touches throughout like an intricately carved buffet for refreshments and the like. With many different rooms available, this is the perfect venue for your special occasion.

We offer several packages that can be tailored to you specific needs. Visit the quick links to the left for specific information on the packages available.

On-site Event Planning

Maxine Goulding Because we want your event to be special and successful, Maxine Goulding is available to serve as the on-site coordinator for the First Unitarian Church. Maxine will help you with floor plans and rehearsal and coordination of your event. She will be on-site to help with the set-up of the rooms for tables and chairs, assist vendors with the move in and move out, help with logistics and be there for your assistance throughout your event from start to finish. In addition, Maxine can provide a source for exceptional suppliers/vendors from caterers to photographers and having this help at hand will save you time and relieve you of much of the associated stress, giving you peace of mind.

Maxine Goulding of California Special Occasions has specialized in planning, designing, and coordinating weddings and business events since 2003. Contact Maxine at  (408) 841-7542 or email her at rentals@sanjoseuu.org.

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The Sanctuary

The Sanctuary

Stained Glass Windows

Stained Glass Windows

The Chancel

The Chancel

A Wedding Party

A Wedding Party

Singing in the Fireside Room

Singing in the Fireside Room
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The Fireside Room

The Fireside Room


A Wedding Reception in Hattie Porter Hall

A Wedding Reception in Hattie Porter Hall

Murder Mystery Dinner in Hattie Porter Hall

Murder Mystery Dinner in Hattie Porter Hall

Music in Hattie Porter Hall

Music in Hattie Porter Hall

Hattie Porter Hall Viewed from the Fireside Room

Hattie Porter Hall viewed from Fireside Room

The Conference Room


The Conference Room

Classrooms 4-6

Classrooms 4-6

Classroom with Divider

Classroom

Downstairs Kitchen

Kitchen


The Upstairs Lounge

The Upstairs Lounge


For a community to be whole and healthy, it must be based on people's love and concern for each other.

- Millard Fuller