The Hollywood Schoolhouse has been a landmark in the Sammamish Valley since its construction by the Derby School District in 1912. It replaced an earlier one room wooden frame building built in 1890. The early students of the school came from the area known as "Derby" (hence the "Derby" water tower located on the grounds), in the vicinity of Chateau Ste. Michelle. It is believed that the area was named Hollywood after the holly that lined the drives to the Stimson Estate (now Ste. Michelle).
After a few years, the school district consolidated with Bothell, and The Hollywood Hill Community Club used the school as a clubhouse for dances, card parties, box-lunch socials, and even roller-skating on the hardwood floors. The Sammamish Valley Grange purchased the building in 1939 for $1000. Prior to World War II, Japanese families rented the building to conduct Saturday classes for their children, while many farmers in the area used the basement for potato storage. Eventually, the Grange sold the facility to an appliance dealer, who used it as an auction house.
Currently, the Schoolhouse is privately owned and operated by Bothell residents James and Rosemary McAuliffe, who purchased the building in 1977. Until a fire in 1989, it operated as an antique mall. After the fire, James & Rosemary renovated it into a banquet facility.
A stunning renovation and addition was completed in June of 1994, totaling over 16,000 square feet of space. It has enjoyed many accolades for retaining its original style and architecture. The facility houses an extensive antique, artifact, and memorabilia collection ranging from petroleum pumps, to toys, and "Northern Exposure" set props.
The main floor is the Grand Ballroom and the Atrium & Museum are on the top floor. Those two floors are available to rent for a variety of events. The lowest level is now home to Alexandria Nicole Cellars.
Through the care of the owners, employees, community, and the reaction of guests utilizing the Schoolhouse it has proudly become "The Most Charming Event Facility on The Eastside." The Hollywood Schoolhouse has been declared a State Historical Monument.
Recommended by 91% of couples
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Lianna · Married on 03/06/2015
The Hollywood Schoolhouse was an absolutely fabulous venue for our wedding! We loved the classic looking interior and chandelier lighting. The bridal and cocktail hour rooms were so beautiful they didn't require any extra decorating. Our photos looked amazing inside and outside the venue. The waitstaff were easy to work with and very professional. The food was also a hit, thanks to chef Frank. We wouldn't change a thing about our experience at the Hollywood Schoolhouse!
Heather · Married on 08/26/2018
We toured several venues around Seattle and while there were many good ones, nothing felt quite right. And then we walked into the Hollywood Schoolhouse, and we j u s t k n e w. It was beyond perfect- it fit our vintage aethetic, it had big windows for lots of light, an outdoor area for the ceremony... and it was pretty turnkey- all we had to provide was the decorations!
The staff were wonderful - very kind and friendly, and the catering was absolutely delicious. Chef Frank even made us a gorgeous croquembouche in place of a wedding cake!
Katrina · Married on 06/25/2017
Our wedding was beautiful at the Hollywood Schoolhouse! They were great, flexible, and very accommodating! The venue has a lot of natural charm and the location is awesome!
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The Hollywood Schoolhouse is a beautiful wedding venue that boasts a wonderful early twentieth century ambiance, but is decorated in a way that allows you to bring your unique design character in the space as well for your special day. The staff is great and the food is delicious. If you're looking for a unique venue in the heart of Woodinville wine country, take a look at Hollywood Schoolhouse!
I highly recommend Hollywood Schoolhouse to my couples! Had an event there this summer that was such a great experience. The staff are attentive and responsive to make the event in the vision of the couple. I really enjoyed working with Rosemary and her expertise in overseeing the logistics of each detail. Great venue, great wine - great place to have your wedding!
The Hollywood Schoolhouse is a beautiful venue in the heart of the Wine district of Woodinville. I have had the pleasure of being a guest at multiple weddings and as a vendor here. Truly love this venue.