We LIKED Grace Simons Lodge. We LOVED the River Center. It was like being in a small replica mission, something between the Avila Adobe and San Juan Capistrano. It was full of fountains and water, and, of course, an indoor River Interpretive Center. It had beautiful lawns and Spanish-style tiles and wrought iron candleabras over the doors. It had a beautiful high-ceilinged atrium for a reception, two charming courtyards for ceremonies, and a hidden, high-walled lawn and garden tucked away behind the buildings .But, most importantly, it seemed to me that this was a place close to the heart of the city, a place that celebrated the river that so many people forget is there.
The River Center is where the Arroyo Seco meets the L.A. River, just off the 110, in what I think is now Cypress Park. And I’ve added the photos to my L.A Wedding Venues set on Flickr.