Would you like to have your wedding at a lovely, full-service facility while supporting a worthwhile cause? You can easily accomplish both aims at the Los Gatos History Club. This unique organization has been a Los Gatos fixture since 1897, when six women met in the Los Gatos library and decided to form a club to study the history of other countries. By 1907, the group had grown too big to meet in private homes, so the women decided to build their own clubhouse. Determined to pay for it themselves, they borrowed the money, and one year later the “History Club of Los Gatos” held its grand opening. From its beginning, this unusual club has concerned itself with the needs and interests of the women in the community, and in its early years joined with other women’s groups to influence policy-making on a state and national level. Today, the club continues to promote friendship among women, aids local educational and charitable institutions, and encourages community awareness and involvement.
Located in a woodsy residential neighborhood, the Los Gatos History Club occupies a modest, yet charming, ranch-style building whose simple lines and neutral taupe exterior give it the kind of unobtrusive elegance often found in Japanese architecture. Inside, the History Club’s gleaming hardwood floors, fresh white walls and unusual peaked, buttressed ceiling provide the perfect backdrop for any type of decorating scheme you desire. At one end of the room is a raised stage with a grand piano; at the other, a floor-to-ceiling window frames a fenced garden lush with lacy Japanese maples and flourishing tree ferns. Dimmable main lights and a variety of stage lighting options help to create that special mood. Along one wall, large windows and French doors look out onto a fenced patio where ceremonies are held. Chock-full of colorful roses and sheltered by mature trees, it’s as cozy and private as any couple could wish. A wooden arbor, covered with climbing roses and wisteria vines, is the preferred spot for exchanging vows. The building’s deep eaves shade part of the patio, outfitted with ceiling fans and heat lamps to make it comfortable no matter what the weather.