A History in Hollywood Elegance; The Ebell Los Angeles
Tucked away right off of Wilshire Boulevard in The Miracle Mile district is The Ebell of Los Angeles. With three levels and 75,000 square feet, this Renaissance-inspired structure is a noted architectural treasure and a registered National Historic Landmark.
This philanthropic, educational and social club was built by women for women and has been in this Hancock Park location since 1928. In fact, The Ebell of Los Angeles is the longest-running women’s club in Los Angeles. The Club, founded in 1894 and now in its 125 year, The Ebell Los Angeles has been empowering women since day one.
As you can see, the whole building is Instagram-worthy!
The revenue generated by The Special Events Department supports the operation, preservation, and mission of this historic Ebell Club, Clubhouse and Theater. This support allows the Club to remain accessible and inclusive of ALL women, regardless of social status, and also supports the philanthropic, educational and social services of the Club.
This column masonry and arch shape can be seen throughout the building.
I grew up in Hancock Park, right down the street from The Ebell of Los Angeles. My brother and I attended Cotillion classes there as a child. Cotillion comprises of dancing parties emphasizing manners, social graces, and basic social dance skills. I remember these walkways well as my patent leather shoes would squeak while walking on them.
In the middle of the garden lives, The Fountain of Honor, crafted in 1928. Designed by Henry Lion in memory of Ebell members’ sons, husbands, and brothers whose lives were lost in World War I.
For being almost 91 years old, she looks amazing and is plastic surgery-free!
The fountain’s muse was modeled after an Ebell member who was also the girlfriend of Henry Lions at the time. Her name is unknown. She is a symbol of hope for all who see her. She holds the lamp of learning and carries the flag of our forefathers.
Although there is also an Ebell Long Beach, the two venues are in no way connected or related.
For those looking to experience all that The Ebell of Los Angeles has to offer, there is the Full First Floor Exclusive. This gives clients exclusive use of the historic Ebell Clubhouse for their event and their event only!
Standing on the garden stairs would make anyone feel like a 1930’s starlet.
The Ebell of Los Angeles was founded by women, for women in 1894. It was created to bring education and arts to women at a time when education was not accessible to most women.
The Art Salon was one of the first art galleries in Los Angeles.
The Dining Room & Garden Combination provides an outdoor setting for guest arrivals, ceremonies, and cocktail reception with a grand ballroom featuring carved archways and a built-in stage for presentations, reception dining, and plenty of room for dancing the night away!
The dining room has a built-in air conditioning system. The Lounge and Art Salon do not have built-in systems, so it’s encouraged to rent an external air conditioning system for hotter month events from July-September. When opened, the french doors create natural cross ventilation and let in a lovely, evening breeze.
The Ebell of Los Angeles is fully equipped with state of the art lighting options to create the ambiance, atmosphere or vision you have in mind.
The rental of the dining room includes uplights on the arches, column faces, and perimeter.
The Dining Room includes a small stage drenched in burgundy, velvet curtains perfect for creating a star-studded Old Hollywood atmosphere.
Exclusive First Floor of The Ebell of Los Angeles (Lounge, Art Salon, Garden, Dining Room with 2 green rooms) rental for Saturdays is $9000 + $20,000-$25,000 Food and Beverage minimum depending on the season with 125 or more guests. A 21% Service charge and Current Sales taxes are also applied to this total. Couples should plan at least $40,000 for Food & Beverage costs with an average overall wedding budget of $70,000+. Clubhouse rental includes up to 9 hours of access and their inventory of tables, chairs, vintage furniture, tableware, and barware.
Another shining feature of The Ebell of Los Angeles is their adjacent parking lot which is included in the rental fee. As all Angelenos know, parking in the City of Angeles can be hell! To not have to worry about additional valet costs or offsite parking for your guests is a huge plus to this venue.
The historic Ebell Clubhouse and Theatre were built in 1927 and designed by renowned architect, Sumner Hunt.
The Ebell Clubhouse and Theatre covers 83,000 square feet. The adjoining Wilshire Ebell Theatre has over 1200 seats.
Aurelia D’Amore Photography finds all the best details and in this gorgeous venue, there are lots to catch!
There are thousands of architectural, design, and style elements within The Ebell of Los Angeles that make it a one-of-a-kind property. From hand-carved ceiling details, vintage light fixtures, metalwork, stone columns, original wood floors, and Art Decor furniture, The Ebell of Los Angeles is dripping in old Hollywood glamour and grace.
These hallowed walls have stories to tell. It is rumored that the building is haunted by friendly spirits who have made this historical property their home. Do you believe in ghosts?
At The Ebell of Los Angeles, an outstanding culinary experience is just as important as the ambiance and architecture. The artwork is both on the walls as well as the plates coming out of the kitchen. The close-knit team at The Ebell of Los Angeles is here to make sure, from start to finish, your event is picture perfect!
Kevin Mayer- Event Coordinator, Duane Davidson- Banquet Manager, Alex Sierra- Bar Manager (Not pictured).
There are many rooms in The Ebell of Los Angeles that are not seen by guests on a daily basis. The third-floor theater, music room, and Fine Arts costume closet, which holds a vast collection of vintage costumes, hold some of the hidden histories of The Ebell of Los Angeles.
For 100 years the Ebell Scholarship Endowment has granted more than 5,000 scholarships to local colleges and university students.
The Ebell Costume Collection has more than 800 pieces dating back to the mid-1800s, lovingly preserved by our members.
Much of the estate furniture seen around The Ebell of Los Angeles are family heirlooms donated by members of the Club.
For more information about The Ebell of Los Angeles or to set up a tour please contact Special Events Manager, Jenny Young.