The Olmstead is a historic wedding venue in Louisville, Kentucky, located on an 81-acre site that was once home to the Masonic Homes of Kentucky. Constructed from 1925 to 1927, this venue was designed by Joseph and Joseph, an architectural firm, who arranged the plan so the building was located on the outer edge of the property. The dining hall is located at the center of the property since, way back then, it was the hub for the activities of every occupant. The plan for The Olmstead was later developed by the Olmstead Brothers firm, who specialized in preserving natural areas.
Facilities and Capacity
The Olmstead has three event spaces (ranging from indoor to uncovered outdoor) than can accommodate a maximum of 600 guests. Johnson Hall (the dining hall) sat nearly vacant from the 80s to the late 90s, but has now hosted over 1000 families in addition to the rest of The Olmstead’s facilities. Enjoy your wedding in this beautiful, historic location, complete with tree-lined driveways and two large, open, grassy areas.
The Olmstead provides couples with space for ceremonies and receptions, and has ample parking and wheelchair access for you and your guests. Services include clean-up, event planning, in-house bar, in-house catering, lighting/sound, outside vendors, and set-up. In addition to a dance floor, couples can choose from a variety of event rentals to add to their day:
While dinners are available for couples at The Olmstead, you can also choose to have breakfast/brunch in the dining hall. Servers are able to cater meals that come in buffet, plated, and station styles, and hors d’oeuvres and dessert are available to complement your dishes. Cake cutting services can be provided and outside cakes are permitted. Cocktail receptions and tastings are also available. The in-house bar at The Olmstead can be limited or open and comes complete with bartenders who can serve:
Recommended by 96% of couples
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Ami · Married on 03/03/2019
Perfect...even from half a country away!
Jeri, Claire, Sherlon and the rest of the staff at The Olmsted are amazing! We planned our wedding from Colorado and we are so grateful for how flexible and helpful everyone at the Olmsted was in the process. Even from 2000 miles away Jeri and Claire could see my vision and helped me put it into action. And, as would be expected, the food was phenomenal. Trust me, you won’t find all these included services, at this reasonable a price, and delivered with such enthusiasm as you will at The Olmsted. Each staff member we interacted with was friendly, helpful, and provided a personal level of service you don’t regularly enjoy. Thank you, all of you, for a wonderfully perfect wedding experience!Sent on 04/16/2019
Elizabeth · Married on 02/10/2017
Awesome venue. Absolutely beautiful!Sent on 02/28/2017
Michael · Married on 10/31/2015
If you want to have a wedding at a venue that can do it all The Olmsted is your place. Jeri Payne and Donna Shaughnessy are the Special Event Directors and they are the best as well as their staff and chef. We had the ceremony, the cocktail party and the dinner at this beautiful venue. The bride lived in San Francisco and her parents in Birmingham, Alabama so planning was a key to pulling this off. With their own chef and kitchen at the facility everything was prepared onsite. Service was impeccable and the wedding for 150 was perfect. Jeri and Donna are so nice and professional it made the experience fun and not hectic. What they did not offer they had suggestions of excellent vendors to use. They were also excellent. The Olmsted is part of Mastersons Catering and boy do they know how to stage an event. The price was very fair compared to all the other venues we checked out. This venue is as good as they get.Sent on 11/30/2015
Father of the Bride
The Olmsted is a beautiful historic and premier location for weddings and events. Classical Choice has enjoyed playing for weddings at this wonderful venue.
We love shooting at the Olmsted! The staff is always accommodating and welcoming; they bend over backwards to help us do our jobs. We're excited every time we hear that we'll be working with them again!
One of Louisville's historic, and beautiful wedding locations!