Joie De Vivre Hospitality, well known for its creative collection
of lifestyle-oriented hotels, restaurants, and spas in the Bay Area,
announces the Centennial Party for The Archbishop’s Mansion Inn. The
festivities take place from Five o’clock until Eight o’clock in the
evening on Tuesday, November 9, 2004. The evening’s attractions include complimentary cocktails, passed hors
d’oeuvres and a full buffet courtesy of Wild Thyme Catering, live
entertainment, and actors in period costumes. Complimentary valet parking
will be available, and business-casual dress is requested. All members of
the media receive complimentary admission.
Over the course of the next year a series of events are scheduled to
celebrate the 100th anniversary of The Archbishop’s Mansion, including a
Murder Mystery Dinner series on the second Friday of every month, numerous
cooking demonstrations, wine tasting events, costume parties, a Christmas
tree-decorating benefit and an Easter Sunday Victorian Treasure Hunt.
The Mansion is also available for exclusive rental, and since it’s
inception as a 15-room bed and breakfast inn it has been a popular
location on the West Coast for weddings and other special events. Unique
in San Francisco, The Archbishop’s Mansion boasts a three-story mahogany
staircase, a 1700-pane stained glass dome which survived the 1904
earthquake completely intact, cross-cut redwood columns from the Santa
Cruz mountains and many pieces of Americana including composer No‘l
Coward’s piano, a mirror belonging to Mary Todd Lincoln’s family and an
original crystal chandelier from the movie set of Gone With The Wind.
History of The Archbishop’s Mansion: Built in 1904 by the Catholic Church,
The Archbishop’s Mansion served as the official residence of the
Archbishop of San Francisco until 1945, at which time it was converted to
a boys home for Catholic youth, the Catholic Church’s alternative to the
juvenile justice system. From 1972 until 1980 the property was known as
Westside Lodge, a drug rehabilitation facility. Subsequently, this
lovingly restored property has served San Francisco as an elegant 15-room
bed and breakfast inn.