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Evening Events

Whether you are in San Antonio for the first time, or have lived here all your life, a visit to the Guenther House is special. For a few moments you can step back in time into the lives of an early Texas miller’s family. Imagine someone playing a tune on the piano…the laughter of children…guests dancing the night away in the Roof Garden. Welcome to the Guenther House.

The Guenther House

Carl Hilmar Guenther, the founder of Pioneer Flour Mills, built this elegant home in 1859. It has been restored by the company and welcomes visitors as a museum, restaurant and retail store. The house is located on a bend of the San Antonio River, at the foot of King William, one of the oldest historical districts in Texas.

The Roof Garden

The entire top floor is referred to as The Roof Garden; a spacious, airy, former ballroom, with an adjoining open terrace overlooking the San Antonio River. The main room features its original porcelain tile floors, ceiling lanterns, wall sconces, charming brick fireplace and fountain.

The Arbor

For outdoor gatherings, The Arbor offers a unique dining experience. The lovely manicured grounds grace the tables under the patio.

For Private Parties and Gatherings

The Roof Garden and The Arbor are available to private groups for parties, business meetings, conferences or charitable functions. The Arbor is only available during non-operating hours, 6pm – midnight.

The Guenther House is a non-smoking facility. The Roof Garden, a restored historical facility, is not accessible to those individuals unable to negotiate stairs.

Information & Catering Policies

Deposit Policy

A fifty percent (50%) deposit of the entire rental fee is due in order to reserve a specific date. The deposit becomes non-refundable on the fifteenth (15) day after signing the initial “Contract for the Use of The Guenther House Facilities”.

A non-refundable deposit of twenty percent (20%) of the projected Food and Beverage is due three (3) months prior to the event. Menu prices are subject to change, but may be confirmed three (3) months prior to the event. All food and non alcoholic beverages are subject to state sales tax and a 20% service charge; all additional services (e.g.; rentals) provided by the Guenther House are subject to a 20% service charge.

The final balance is due ten (10) business days prior to the event. Any amounts that exceed that which has already been paid will be due upon the conclusion of your function.

If the actual amounts paid were over the actual bill, then our Accounting Department will refund the difference.

Capacity and Fees

The House will accommodate up to one-hundred (100) guests. The Arbor may accommodate up to one-hundred fifty (150) guests, with a rain plan in place. One-hundred (100) guests is the maximum indoor capacity for The Guenther House, therefore it is required that a rain plan is in place for the event if the expected guest count is over one-hundred (100) guests. The rain plan should include reserving a tent with an additional deposit of $250.00 to house the appropriate number of guests. Three (3) business days prior to the event the tent may be canceled if it is not needed; however the deposit for the tent shall be forfeited at this time.

On site ceremony:
Permitted with the following fees due:
– 1-100 guests $ 150.00*
– 101-150 guests $ 225.00*
– 151+ guests $ 300.00*

*Does not include rental of additional chairs, if required.

Security Guard Fee: Included in rental
Clean Up Fee: Included in rental

The Guenther House Special Events Coordinator must be made aware of all vendors that will access The Guenther House during the course of the event: wedding coordinator, event planner, cake, musicians, DJ, florist, and photographer, etc. These vendors must coordinate set up and breakdown times, and equipment needs with the Special Events Coordinator or the outside caterer prior to the event.

Rental Rates

Available 6 p.m. – midnight

Friday, Saturday, Sunday:
$1,850 – Rental of Arbor
$2,000 – Rental of the Roof Garden and Tearoom
$2,200 – Rental of Entire Facility

Monday through Thursday:
$1,000 – Rental of Arbor
$1,150 – Rental of the Roof Garden and Tearoom
$1,350 – Rental of Entire Facility

Approved Caterers

Beverage Catering by Rookies (210) 645-1849

Catering by Don Strange (210) 434-2331

Catering by the R K Group (210) 223-2680

Fresh Horizons Creative Catering (210) 226-5919

Guenther House Catering (210) 227-1061

True Flavors Culinary Planners (210) 226-3670

Evening & Equipment Rentals

Cake Table: skirted table with dessert plates and forks $25

Complimentary Wedding Cake Service: Guenther House staff to cut and serve cake

Gift Table: $25

Registration Table: $25

Plate Chargers: Gold or Brown Basket Weave $2 per place setting

Audio Visual Setup: projector screen, small table for a/v equipment $35

Wireless Microphone: $50

Safety & Property Regulations
  • The Guenther House is part of C. H. Guenther & Son, Inc. history, and its contents consist of irreplaceable items. Exhibits cannot be moved, and requesting parties must exercise great care to ensure that nothing is damaged.
  • The collection of funds in or about The Guenther House facilities for subscriptions, registration fees, membership fees, sales of goods, products or services is prohibited.
  • The collection of funds in or about The Guenther House facilities for subscriptions, registration fees, membership fees, sales of goods, products or services is prohibited.
  • River Walk Ordinance: Any music outside of The Guenther House must end by 10:00 p.m.
  • Use of The Guenther House as a rain plan for an event scheduled in another location is prohibited, unless the rental fee is paid in full.
  • No birdseed, rice, flower petals, confetti, glitter, sparklers or other materials of such nature may be used in or upon The Guenther House facilities.
  • No nails, screws, metal hooks, adhesive, scotch tape or other materials of such nature, may be driven in or placed on any wall, paneling, molding, light fixture or structure inside or outside The Guenther House.
  • No furniture (including piano, tables, chairs, or any other pieces) may be moved without written authorized approval from The Guenther House management two weeks prior to the event. If approval is granted, such moves may be made only by The Guenther House staff.
  • No furniture (including piano, tables, chairs, or any other pieces) may be moved without written authorized approval from The Guenther House management two weeks prior to the event. If approval is granted, such moves may be made only by The Guenther House staff.
  • Bottled propane gas is not permitted in or upon The Guenther House facilities. Canned heat may be used. Outdoor cooking is permitted. The Guenther House management will advise of approved locations.
  • Under no circumstances is the facility available before 6pm. In the event of scheduling complications the Guenther House reserves the right to collect an additional fee of $2200 payable and due prior to the event.
  • The responsibilities of the Guenther House Event Coordinator are to ensure that the set up concerning the catering is carried out as planned and to adhere to the time line/schedule provided by the host.
Accessibility & Designated Areas
  • The Guenther House, excluding the outdoor Arbor, is not accessible to those individuals unable to negotiate stairs.
  • Smoking is prohibited on all grounds of The Guenther House, except at the two (2) designated smoking areas.
  • Parking for catering staff is available in the main Guenther House parking lot on South Alamo St.
  • No more than two (2) vehicles may be parked by vendor at the loading drive at one time. When unloaded, the vendor must move the vehicle immediately to the South Alamo St. parking lot.
Caterer & Vendor Requirements
  • The Guenther House reserves the right to approve all details of the event including the copy for invitations, advertising, news releases, etc.
  • Any equipment brought into The Guenther House must have prior approval of Guenther House management.
  • All rental equipment, i.e. tables, chairs, etc., are to be delivered no earlier than the day of the event and must be removed from The Guenther House facilities immediately following each usage. Any changes in this procedure must be pre-arranged through The Guenther House management. The Guenther House is not responsible for the storage of any items.
  • The caterer or any other vendor may not begin setting up until 5:00 p.m., Monday through Sunday, unless authorized by The Guenther House management.
  • The Guenther House kitchen is available for use only by those caterers on the “Approved Caterers for The Guenther House Facility” list.
  • Clean up of The Guenther House is to be provided by the caterer. All food and beverages must be removed from The Guenther House facilities immediately following the event.
  • Servers must keep serving areas free of debris.
  • The caterer must provide tray stands for used glasses/plates.
  • The proper disposal of all refuse is important especially liquids. Nothing (including water and ice) is to be poured in the flowerbeds or on the grass areas. Liquids are to be poured into leak-proof containers with caps and disposed of, along with solid waste and disposed of by caterer. Nothing is to be poured into the kitchen sink. Large, clean waste cans with liners are to be supplied by the caterer and placed near each serving table.
  • Caterers must have completed each item listed in the Caterer’s Clean-Up Checklist within two (2)hours of the ending of any event unless other arrangements have been made with The Guenther House management.
  • Caterer must be notified of any and all vendors for each event: wedding coordinator, event planner, cake, musicians, DJ, florist, photographer, etc. These vendors must coordinate set up and breakdown times, and equipment needs with the Special Events Coordinator or the outside caterer prior to the event.

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The Guenther House staff would love to answer any questions that you may have about date availability, services we provide or suggestions on how best to coordinate your event. Submit you inquiry in the form below.

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