Cairnwood Estate is a wedding venue located in Bryn Athyn, Pennsylvania. Built in 1895 by the plate glass magnate John Pitcairn, the property was, from the beginning, a testament to the power of love and family. Intended as a home for his wife, Gertrude, and their children, the estate hosted its first wedding in 1896. Today, the venue is proud to continue the tradition that John and Gertrude began, all those years ago. You and your guests are invited to explore the many wonders that the property has to offer. Enjoy a walk in the beautiful gardens or imbibe the serene atmosphere of the Pitcairns’ library, and make memories that you can cherish forever.
Facilities and Capacity
Cairnwood Estate includes both indoor and outdoor event facilities. The venue can accommodate up to 275 guests. The first floor of the mansion is comprised of six rooms. These feature beautiful paneled walls and hardwood floors. The Great Hall is the venue’s main indoor event space. In it stands a magnificent fireplace of carved stone. On the opposite side of the Hall, an exquisite U-shaped staircase leads to the private dressing suites on the second floor. The suites contain period-appropriate furniture and offer a lovely view of the nearby woodland.
For your convenience, the venue is happy to provide you with a list of preferred vendors. This covers everything from accommodations to cakes and photography. A select number of catering options are also available for your consideration. Every caterer on this exclusive list promises great food and premier service. Treat your friends and family to a grand celebration, or opt for a more intimate occasion. With no minimum guest count requirement, you have the freedom to craft the event that is just right for you.
Pitcairn commissioned the eminent firm of Carrère and Hastings to undertake the design. Exponents of the Beaux-Arts style, Carrère and Hastings’ plan included a number of features familiar to that school. Elements drawn from Greek architecture were combined with Roman arches and French doors to produce a space that was as welcoming as it was elegant. The grounds and gardens are the work of Fredrick Law Olmstead and his partner, Charles Eliot. Olmstead was a figure of considerable reputation in his time, and today, he is regarded as the father of American landscape architecture. His list of projects includes New York’s Central Park and the campuses of Cornell and Yale University.
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Cairnwood hosts an Open House every Wednesday evening from 6pm to 8pm. Available for tours or events 7 days a week.
Cairnwood Estate frequently asked questions
What items and services are included in the starting site fee at Cairnwood Estate?
- Bridal Suite
- Clean Up
What are the most important characteristics of Cairnwood Estate in terms of venue type, style and location?
- Historic Building
What kind of indoor/outdoor options are available at Cairnwood Estate for wedding events?
- Covered Outdoor
- Uncovered Outdoor
- Scenic Views
What kind of wedding events does Cairnwood Estate offer?
- Bridal Shower
- Engagement Party
- Rehearsal Dinner
What services does Cairnwood Estate offer for wedding events?
- Event Planner
- Get Ready Rooms
What furniture and decorations does Cairnwood Estate have available for wedding events?
- Dance Floor
- Tent Accessories
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