MAKE HISTORY WITH THE WEDDING OF YOUR DREAMS
C reate your own timeless memories by hosting a romantic wedding celebration at the Tulsa Garden Center Mansion in Woodward Park. The historical beauty of the mansion will enchant your guests with opulent interiors, first class service, and beautiful rolling hills of meticulously manicured grounds. It’s the perfect setting for the couple wanting a sophisticated, traditional wedding experience.
Located at 24th and Peoria, the magnificent Italian style villa was designed in 1919 by Tulsa architect, Noble B. Fleming, and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Located on original Creek Indian lands formerly owned by Ms. Helen Woodward, the mansion was built by David R. Travis and also housed one of the first synagogues in Tulsa.
In 1923, J. Arthur Hull purchased the home, enhancing to the estate’s grandeur by installing a Lord & Burnham conservatory, creating a sunken garden with fountain, and adding many of the mansion’s art deco-styled architecture. The Snedden family then purchased the property in 1934 where they lived until 1950 when Mrs. Snedden passed away. Shortly after, in 1954, the Tulsa Garden Center took up residence and since then has been providing horticultural and environmental educational programming in Woodward Park, as well as hosting innumerable non-profit events and social events each year. Above all, the mansion is an architectural jewel and joyfully remembered as a family home.
“Family is at the heart of the mansion,” says executive director, Laura Chalus. “Whether you arrive for a photo shoot, or to participate in a landscape workshop, to join like-minded friends at a Sierra Club meeting, or simply to reenergize your faith by strolling through 45 acres of serene parklands, each individual who visits us enriches our family’s tapestry with their own unique and colorful threads.”
Get Married in Style
With ornate ceilings, chandeliers, marble and hardwood floors, the mansion requires little garnish to make your wedding dreams come true. It includes several spaces for rehearsal dinners and weddings of any size as well as dinner parties, reunions, corporate meetings, and charity events.
· Foyer: The original stained-glass skylight adorns the ceiling over the marble/terrazzo staircase and second floor landing, providing a warm welcome into the Mansion. The black and white checkerboard marble floor and high ceilings with chandeliers create an elegant, timeless setting. When used in conjunction with the Dining Room and South Room the area is suitable for small receptions or cocktail parties prior to a seated dinner in the auditorium.
· South Room & Alcove: Ornate ceilings, original wood floors, chandeliers, fireplaces, Palladian style windows, and rounded Alcove area retain the ambiance of the original mansion. This iconic room can accommodate up to 80 people seated for a dinner, 100-130 seated for the ceremony, or 100-130 for a standing cocktail reception.
· Gold Room: The richly paneled walls, original wood floors, book shelves, and marble fireplace front are beautifully maintained and create a perfect atmosphere to highlight the gold-leaf and carved plaster ceiling. This small room, originally the mansions’ library, can accommodate 12-16 people. · Dining Room: A light, open room with a period fireplace mantle, beautiful mirrors, chandelier, and original wood floors. It is perfect for buffet and beverage set up, bar area, or small seated tables for 12-16 people.
· Veranda: The Veranda runs the outside length of the mansion area on the west side of the mansion and gives a spectacular view of the west lawn, flower beds and fountain. Outside ceremonies are held in this location for 150-300 people.
· Auditorium: The largest space is the 2,800 square foot Auditorium. Although it is not original to the 1919 mansion, it is a very open and flexible space which can be completely transformed for any type of event set up. The room can accommodate approximately 250 people at tables for a reception with space remaining for a band or DJ and dancing.
Event Director, Cristen Burdell says, “The on-site Bridal Parlor allows you to oversee the day’s preparations in a tranquil, spacious setting, while you and your party get pampered. Spending those critical hours prior to the event getting ready at your venue is such a luxury; you are put at such ease knowing that all of the details of the day are being taken care of and everything (including you) is where it needs to be for the event. We also offer a unique space for the Groomsmen to get ready in our lower level Library, making the transition from ‘getting ready’ to ‘aisle ready’ a breeze. “
Start planning your event today. For wedding and event information, call 918.576.5153 or visit TulsaGardenCenter.com.