St. Paul's Episcopal Church is a unique, historic venue to host private, public and community cultural events. We are most accustomed to hosting music concerts, though we love the prospect of bringing in other community and cultural activities that will enrich the broader community.
The acoustics in this beautiful space are live and clear, ideal for choral and chamber performance, and very friendly to large ensembles.
The nave seats approximately 300, all with an unobstructed view of the chancel (altar). Additional seating for 50 is available in the Chapel of the Pacific, the adjoining sacred space on the south side of the nave.
Organ and Piano
The Austin organ, designed in the English Cathedral tradition by William Jameson, was installed in 1934. The nave also contains a well maintained parlor grand piano.
The nave and parish office building are accessible to individuals with physical challenges. Two small restrooms are available within the church building proper; accessible restrooms are located in the parish office building. Limited storage space is available within the church building for instruments between rehearsal and performance. Additional facilities available for rental include meeting rooms, a large Parish Hall with kitchen, and the courtyard between the church building and parish offices.
St. Paul’s is located across Grand Avenue from Lake Merritt and Lakeside Park. Street and paid lot parking is available within a few blocks of the church. The church is one-half mile from the 19th Street BART station, and approximately one mile from the Oakland Ave. /Harrison Street off-ramp of I-580.