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Out of the Box Event Spaces: Carondelet House

From galleries to rooftops, Los Angeles is filled with hidden gems and unexpected places to hold your next special event. Why not break 'out of the box' and consider something new whether it is for a party, fundraiser, workshop or wedding.

In an unexpected neighborhood stands Carondelet House, a beautiful 'villa' that is an event venue hidden treasure. The building was originally built as a residence in 1926 and for many years the space was the headquarters for the Otis College of Art and Design. Owner Alan Dunn (sidebar: I must add "the absolutely adorable and charming Alan Dunn," to which he humbly says "come on, really charming AND adorable!") who is also the owner of Tres L.A., his established catering company, had seen many event spaces and when he saw Carondolet House he felt that it offered something much different than any other event space in the city as well as a place to expand what he already offered with Tres LA.

And so he converted the space into a warm, eclectic, classic yet urban hideaway. Go inside the unassuming front door into the grand entrance and wander into the North and South parlors which is his homage to the lobby of the Chateau Marmont where Dunn was once the Food and Beverage Director. Unique and well curated décor is part of Dunn's signature combining both old and new, high end pieces mixed with refurbished finds sprinkled throughout the Carondolet House giving it a rich yet inviting vibe. Beautiful reclaimed country chic tables fill the dining area, a baby grand piano, a globe with a secret hiding place, a fireplace in the sitting room, and Chesterfield tufted leather seats are just a few of the touches you will find. There are also two courtyards and a VIP lounge available upstairs.

Events range from fashion shows (Lanvin, 7 For All Mankind, AG Jeans) with celebrities from Kate Hudson to Katie Holmes to corporate events. But mostly Carondolet is the perfect space for a "turnkey" wedding especially for the creative bride looking for someplace cool to come and put their stamp on with ease.

Overall, you'll find a 7,600-square foot venue with a total capacity of 400 guests for a cocktail party and 150 person sit-down meal. The space also includes a 16 speaker professional sound system, DJ inputs, an available kitchen, parking (available across the street or valet can be arranged). And, very notably, Carondelet House is centrally located just 1 mile west of downtown and close to major freeways.

Tres L.A. does most of the catering, but it's not mandatory that it be used. There is an attractive discount with the rental and from personal experience from having an event there... I can attest that the food is fantastic.

Jeannine Chanin Penn owns xoj9 | event curator …providing smart & beautiful events & design | her son, husband, lobster & the color purple make her happy…

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