Cabrillo College

Sesnon House

An Elegant Historic Mansion

In 1858, Benjamin and Kate Porter purchased the beautiful ocean view property where the Sesnon House is located. The Porter's only child, Mary, married William T. Sesnon of San Francisco and the couple built their elegant summer home, which they named Pino Alto in 1911. One of the architects from the San Francisco firm who designed the home described the design as "Californian" because of the integration of Moorish, Mission, and American styles.

After World War II, the Sesnon family sold the home to the Salesian Order. It was maintained as a seminary and school until 1978, when Cabrillo College purchased the property. The remodeled building, now called the Sesnon House, was used as a community center. Damaged severely in the 1989 Loma Prieta earthquake, the house was closed for several years. The historic home was renovated to its present beauty with funds from the college, the community and Sesnon family members. It reopened in September 1996.

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Events at Sesnon
Weddings and Receptions

Weddings at the Sesnon House are unique affairs. Events are hosted out of the historic mansion and gardens and can hold indoor seated events up to 130 guests and outdoor events up to 250 guests. On certain Saturdays in the academic year you will be catered by the talented student chefs in Cabrillo’s Culinary Arts program. There are a variety of options available when they are not available. The house can be rented for a 7 hour contract time at very competitive rates or for an hourly rate if that works best for you. An event coordinator is on site to help guide you through most of the planning process. Please don’t hesitate to message our event coordinator for more details.

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Other Special Events

The Sesnon House has been host to many other events over the years to include anniversaries, graduations, auctions, dinner parties, celebrations of life, etc. Please message our event coordinator for more information on what we can offer.

Want to Rent the Sesnon House?
For more information and to receive a rental application, please contact the Facilities and Events Coordinator