The Mansion

The Manor's original place of residence was 1119 "S" Street in Fresno, Ca. It was built in 1912 by famed architect Charles K. Kirby Jr. for his mother Mrs. Josephine Kirby.  His work included  the O.J. Woodward and Jacob Vogel homes, the Einstein and Edgerly Blocks in San Francisco, the Fresno First National Bank Building (1888) and the Barton Opera House (1890), another opera house and the Carnegie Library in Selma in 1905. Together with Harry A. Thomas, they prepared plans for the contagious disease bungalows for the Fresno County Hospital. On his own again in 1910, he designed a fine craftsman style Unitarian Church, the old Fresno Auditorium, and the Iwata Theater.

During the years 1914-1931, the home was owned by Bernard T. & Frances Meehan. In 1931, The Meehans gave the home to their daughter Bernice(a music student) and her husband, Martin Lewis Cory. Martin was a graduate of Yale University, represented Sun Maid Raisins in Turlock, and later studied music in San Francisco. He was a concert baritone appearing in concerts and on the radio. In 1929 he made an appearance in the American premiere of "The Wishing Well" in San Francisco's Curran Theater. In 1941 he joined the office of the investment banking firm of H.R.Baker & Co. and was an associate with Alex Brown and W.H. Bryan Jr.

In the formal living room of The Manor, Martin would give private concerts to VIPS of the time. They resided in the home until 1945 when they moved to Hollywood. During which time they moved in her mother Mrs. Frances Meehan until 1952.

Turning a Vision into Reality

After Frances Meehan moved out of the home in 1952, a long term lease was taken on the property by the Five Twelve Fellowship. A non-profit group that assisted in the rehabilitation of alcoholics. In 1965 The Manor was  slated for demolition. It was at this time that it was saved by William and Helen Dean, who moved the home to its current location. It was cut into two sections to accomplish this. It was the Dean family who added the Family Room and the large beautiful window from a Fresno church that was slated to be torn down. In 1975 the home was sold to attorney Bruce Zelis who then in 1981 sold the home to Wes & Maggie Bennett, who in 1983 added the Tennis Courts and additional Landscaping.  In 1993 the home was purchased by Philip & Linda Martin who added the horse barn and equestrian set-up. In 2014 the Home was purchased by The Bishel Family for the purpose of  preserving the history of this magnificent Estate and carrying on their family's legacy of farming in Madera. Since then, the magnificent gardens have been expanded with beautiful Amish made gazebo's (including our beautiful 24x24 dance pavillion) several rose gardens and our beautiful fountains.

Perfection in Every Detail... 

Take the stress out of event planning with The Manor Estate's design team.  From start to finish, our attentive and experienced staff is available to assist in planning your special event every step of the way.

We know  that on your special day there are no do-overs and no re-shoots.

Which is why we aim to deliver everything you could possibly need to make your day memorable and coordinate all of the details so that you don't have to. 

"Extraordinary Events Don't Just Happen...They Are Planned!"

Barbara Bishel
Co-Founder & CFO
Kimberly Castiglione
Co-Founder & Creative Director
Marilyn Benesch
Director of Business Operations

The Manor Estate Team

Everything about our wedding was absolutely perfect and there is nothing I would change. I wish we could relive that day over and over. All thanks to Marilyn and Kim who truly care so much about making your day everything you dreamed of. They are awesome and help you handle every detail. All of my guests were amazed how beautiful everything was. I thank you guys so much..I still can't stop looking at the pictures!

-Bride Danielle F.

Kim and Marilyn...Thank you so much for making our wedding so perfect, you both and the Manor Estate will forever hold a special place in our hearts and we will recommend you to anyone we know of who is looking for a venue filled with love and romance, and dare I say a little bit of magic!

With all our love and gratitude-
Brandon and Sara S.

34614 Avenue 9

Madera, CA

93636

Tel: 559-536-0323

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