Oakes Ames Memorial Hall is a historic wedding venue located in North Easton, Massachusetts. It was established in the late 1881 by Oakes Ames' children as a memorial to their father. They had commissioned Henry Hobson Richardson, a great American architect, to design and oversee the build. Richardson kept in line with the romantic aesthetic of his other works, one of which is notably the Trinity Church in Copley Square, Boston. These inspired design elements are found throughout and include beautifully rounded arches, sloped and dramatic rooflines, as well as abundant masonry that integrates medieval-style carvings that are a feast for the eye. Situated on a granite outcropping, the structure demands agency over its surroundings, drawing in guests to be inspired by its grandeur and elegance. The landscape around the venue is designed by the well-renowned architect F.L. Olmsted, the talented mind behind New York's Central Park. Reflecting the opulence of four other Richardson buildings in the town of Easton, Oakes Ames Memorial Hall is nestled into a National Historic Landmark District.
Facilities and Capacity
Oakes Ames Memorial Hall is pleased to open their doors for weddings and other celebratory events. The lovely Gallery Hall accommodates up to 80. The Great Hall is the shining glory of the building, boasting soaring ceilings and leaded stained glass windows. The Great Hall accommodates up to 180 guests.
Oakes Ames Memorial Hall is happy to host a variety of functions within its walls. They offer you the convenience of bringing in your own vendors & encourage prospective couples to reach out and schedule a viewing to see exactly how Oakes Ames Memorial Hall is able to provide a fantastic environment for their special day.
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Recommended by 84% of couples
Aaron · Married on 10/26/2013
Oakes Ames memorial hall was an amazing place to have a reception. We felt like we had a venue that was an absolute steal, one where we got everything we wanted for our small wedding (50 people) and was absolutely gorgeous. The lovely woman we worked with (Norma) was great in helping us get things set up and my only complaint would be that it was not always easy to get a hold of her. Other than that, we loved Oakes Ames Memorial Hall and would highly recommend.Sent on 11/19/2013
User3867671 · 2+ years ago
Absolutely stunning Reception hall! The woman that runs the hall only uses her phone though, so communication was a little difficult, it would have been nice if she had an email however she was very friendly and informative. The price was perfect and the location was central for most of our family and friends!Sent on 02/03/2014
Natalie · Married on 09/22/2012
Oakes Ames is a hidden gem. It is a beautiful historic hall. The photos on the website don't do it justice, you have to check it out in person: http://www.oakesameshall.org/Sent on 11/13/2012
Aside from just the beauty of the venue, we went with Oakes Ames because it was reasonable and we could basically have the hall from 11am to 11pm. I was really nervous about feeling that my wedding would be cut short. Most venues that we looked at had a 4 hour window and that was it. With some you could extend an hour but pay a hefty price.
In addition to the timing, the pricing is dirt cheap. We rented out the entire building for $1100 ($1300 for non-Easton residents). You could just rent the upstairs (the bigger room) for $700 or the downstairs for $300. Other historic sites charge a lot more than this for less time and with more restrictions.
As with most historic sites, you do have to bring in all of your vendors. An additional downside to Oak Ames is that the contact does not have an email account or a cell phone. We would basically call her at her home and schedule a time to visit. It's kind of ridiculous but she was very sweet and easy to deal with. The email on the website goes to a person (I believe an ancestor of Oakes Ames) and he basically just tells you to contact Norma. The website has probably not been updated in 5 years and there are parts of the building that feel a little tired. However, it's still beautiful and in some ways, you gotta wonder if more money was put into the building and services if the price would stay so reasonable. They really could be making a lot of money off of this place but it seems like they are just doing the minimum. For us, it was the perfect spot for our wedding. All of our guests loved the space. Next door at the library there is a beautiful garden where you can take photos.
I would NOT recommend our caterer, Crazy Chefs. (See my review for details.) Whoever you choose, definitely go with a buffet.
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