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A unique environment for your special event

  • Meetings
  • Seminars
  • Receptions

120 Civic Center Drive, West
(at the corner of Sycamore, one block west of Main)
Santa Ana, California 92701
714 547-9645

Whether you're holding a small meeting, seminar, or other event, the Howe-Waffle House in midtown Santa Ana offers unique amenities at a convenient location in the heart of the County seat across from the Old County Courthouse.


This grand 12-room Victorian home was built in 1889 for one of Orange County's first female physicians. It has been lovingly restored as a house and medical museum and appropriately furnished but sensitively updated to meet modern needs. This includes a small, working kitchen that accommodates the preparation of simple foods and beverages, and also supports catered events.


The floor plan lends itself beautifully to a variety of uses. Upon entering the house, one may move from the large vestibule into two parlours or the formal dining room, furnished to facilitate business and social functions.


An antique dining room table that comfortably seats 12 serves as an ideal conference table at which to do strategic planning, work out budgets and negotiate issues. By utilizing the kitchen and setting out refreshments on the buffet, your meeting can proceed in comfort and uninterrupted by the need to leave the premises for food.


Pocket doors may be closed to separate the dining room from the adjoining parlours, which also provide the perfect place for individuals, committees or teams to work separately but remain in close contact. Period sofas, tables and chairs, floor coverings and accessories create a serene ambiance that facilitates creative thinking and conversation.


The area which was Dr. Willella Howe-Waffle's original office, treatment room and waiting room also is conveniently located adjacent to the dining room, and guests are encouraged to browse in this medical museum, which reveals much about the history--and progress--of medical care during this century.

On the second floor, four bedrooms and bath open off of a long narrow hall with a small sitting room at the west end.  


Consider, also, expanding your event into the garden and picturesque gazebo, situated among old fashioned roses, Wisteria and other plantings appropriate to the period. Whether taking a break from your business meeting, or enjoying refreshments during a social occasion, you will appreciate the simple beauty of this re-creation of a small Victorian garden.


The Santa Ana Historical Preservation Society welcomes the opportunity to share this gracious home and medical museum with the community.  Please note that our house and garden area are limited in size so larger groups will probably not find our facilities convenient.  For more information about the facilities and fees, please call (714) 547-9645 and leave a message for our facilities coordinator.


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