tour our space
the entry courtyard
Guests are welcomed through one of two beautifully handcrafted iron gates. The larger, South gate allows handicapped access from our parking lot or a drop off point directly in front of the building. People gather here to relax to the sounds of the fountain and cooling shade of our mulberry tree. This area can also be used for a smaller ceremony for about 30 people. A secluded brick pathway connects this courtyard to the Valencia portal and larger East courtyard.
The Sun Room
A perfect place to greet your guests, this is the first room they enter once they step through the hand carved front door. Flooded with light and a sunny view of the entry courtyard, we often recommend this room for a buffet set up. It lends itself well to guest book, gift and cake table, or registration for meetings and seminars. A charming interior window with carved rope trim frames a view into the Chapel. The antique table, credenza and viga pillars add to the authentic charm of this room which was once the front porch of the “Old House”.
Fondly remembered from Casa Vieja’s restaurant days, this is still one of the most popular places in the building to gather. The original wood bar top is complemented with rustic Saltillo tile floors, a stained glass window and two of the building’s kiva fireplaces. The bar adjoins the entry courtyard and features a pretty pink powder room and a small, private interior courtyard with a fountain.
THE INTERIOR COURTYARD
The interior courtyard is a small, intimate space, accessible from the bar. It can be seen from the Harrington Room where an open window allows the sounds of the fountain to beckon your guests to an ideal place for photos, a quiet moment alone, or a calm place to sit and sip your wine.
THE FRONT COURTYARD
Guests enter the East Courtyard through a side gate or by walking through one of the doors from the Blue Room or the Chapel onto the Valencia Portal. The brick-paved porch with its chili ristras and hand carved nichos is not original to the the building. Probably built about the same time, it was brought from Valencia, New Mexico during a renovation in the 1940’s, to become the face of Casa Vieja and part of its iconic profile. The East Courtyard is our largest exterior space. Depending on the layout of tables and chairs, it can accommodate up to 120 people. The mature trees, beautiful landscaping and rock fountains make this an ideal spot for elegant, outdoor dining, cocktail events or larger ceremonies. Italian bistro lights give the patio a soft glow in the evening.
The Chapel and Altar
This is the largest interior space, seating up to 60 people comfortably. A raised altar area with step down walls on either side complement the traditional appointments of brown slate floors, viga ceilings and smooth white plastered walls. Opening onto the front courtyard, the chapel allows for guests to flow easily between the indoor and outdoor spaces. Deep set windows allow soft light to illuminate the space during the day and wrought iron chandeliers and two fireplaces add ambiance at night.
THE BLUE ROOM
One of Casa Vieja’s oldest rooms, this space was named for the traditional blue trim. It was originally the master bedroom for the private residence, evident by the architectural details. Accommodating cozy private dining or seating for up to 24 people, this room is also a great place for a food station or a photo booth. The Blue Room opens on to the Portal, and is a popular choice for the bride’s getting ready space or a staging area for the bridal party pre-ceremony.
THE HARRINGTON ROOM
Named in honor of the family that lived in and restored Casa Vieja in the 1940's, this room was the former restaurant kitchen. It has been beautifully restored using the original vigas, plaster and updated flooring. It is a convenient location for buffet service due to its proximity to the catering kitchen and can seat up to 20 people.
The Catering Kitchen
This residential style kitchen has lots of storage and space for our preferred caterers to prep, plate, serve and bus during an event. It is connected to a staff delivery entrance to allow for vans, food trucks and vendor vehicles to be parked in close proximity for unloading/loading purposes. There is no oven or stove on site but the refrigerator can be used to chill beverages or other cold item storage.
Originally the restaurant prep-kitchen, the library is now a cozy area for guests to relax. Equipped with comfortable seating, it’s warm and inviting. It’s also a great place for the groom and his groomsmen to gather before a wedding or for people to enjoy a moment in quiet conversation or away from the bustle of an event.
We have three restrooms for your guests use; two of which are ADA compliant. A fourth restroom is reserved for staff and vendors.