Historical Venues in NYC
Are you and your fiance history buffs? Did you meet in a history class in college? Or maybe you just want to make history of your own in an already fascinating venue. Whatever your reasoning, picking a historical venue for your wedding adds a little extra flavor to your already special day. However, finding a venue that you love and that can handle weddings can be difficult. We’ve hand-picked our favorite historical venues so you don’t have to go through millions of pages to find the perfect match!
The Wythe Hotel was originally a cooperage that was built in 1901. The original architecture has been preserved perfectly, from the cast-iron columns to arched windows and original masonry, giving it the industrial-hip look it has now. With six unique private spaces (perfect for receptions or rehearsal dinners), a rooftop bar with an incredible view of Manhattan, and in-house menus created by Andrew Tarlow, the Wythe Hotel is a great choice for anyone looking for a hip and historical venue.
Boating on the lake in Central Park became popular in the 1860s, and boathouses have stood on this exact spot since that time. The newest incarnation opened in 1954, and has since become a landmarked restaurant. Its tranquil, classic, and fully equipped to host weddings or any other special events. One thing to consider before booking- the best view of the lake is via the restaurant which can be rented for cocktail hour in winter months. The main event hall has only a small balcony overlooking the lake, however there is a patio open during the summer months.
Tucked away in the 179-year old Union Theological Seminary, Morningside Castle has an old world charm and peacefulness that is difficult to find in this city. The ceremony can be held inside the gothic chapel or outside in the large courtyard, and there is a Harry Potter-style ballroom for the reception. As an added bonus, this is where Law and Order: SVU films here on the regular!
Built in 1919 for Harold Pratt (oil tycoon and member of the Council on Foreign Relations), the Pratt House is one of the most elegant mansions in New York City. With a grand marble staircase, antique chandeliers, and cathedral ceilings, you would have to try desperately not to have gorgeous photography in this place.
American History buffs, the next two venues on this list are you. This restaurant operates in a carriage house that was built in 1767, and used by Aaron Burr during his time as Attorney General of New York. There is also a secret tunnel attached to the carriage house that was used as a part of the Underground Railroad. If you’re looking for a revolutionary war feel for your reception or rehearsal dinner, this is the place for you. They can seat up to 130 guests for dinner.
Built in 1719, Fraunces Tavern is the oldest bar in NYC, and where George Washington bid farewell to his troops. Fortunately for engaged couples, there are also plenty of party rooms where they can bid farewell to the single life. While this venue is best for weddings on the smaller side (the largest space holds up to 90 seated guests), all the rooms have their own unique feel and the bar has over 140 craft beers for your guests to choose from.