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Discover the Timeless Elegance of Wilder Mansion: A Historic Event Venue

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Nestled within the picturesque Wilder Park, Wilder Mansion stands as a testament to the rich history and architectural beauty of Elmhurst, Illinois. This exquisite event venue, steeped in history, offers a captivating backdrop for a wide range of special occasions. Partnered with Eleganté Cuisine as one of their preferred caterers, Wilder Mansion offers a seamless blend of historic charm, modern amenities, and a touch of natural beauty.

Let's delve into the captivating story of Wilder Mansion and explore why it is an exceptional choice for hosting memorable events.

A Glimpse into History

The story of Wilder Mansion begins long before it became a sought-after event venue.

Prior to its acquisition by the Elmhurst Park District in 1921, the land was lovingly cultivated and landscaped by prominent families in Elmhurst. The property's development as a garden oasis traces back to 1868 when Seth Wadhams transformed a treeless farm known as "Burnhams Lot" into a stately home named "White Birch."

Over time, the mansion exchanged hands between the King, Wilder, and other families, until the Elmhurst Park District purchased the estate in 1921.

The mansion underwent several transformations, including the addition of an Elmhurst Library branch on its first floor in 1922.

In 1936, a significant renovation project altered the mansion's exterior, introducing pillars and a south wing while removing partitions on the second floor. A second expansion took place in 1965, leaving its mark on the mansion's evolving history.

Keren Saral Photography
Keren Saral Photography

A Commitment to Preservation

In the mid-1990s, discussions emerged regarding the future of Wilder Mansion. As the Elmhurst Library contemplated building a new facility, an intergovernmental committee was formed to explore alternative uses for the mansion.

After careful consideration and community input, the Elmhurst Park Board decided on a path that preserved the mansion's historic architectural features while addressing the needs of the community. This included removing the 1960s addition and renovating the original 1860s portion of the mansion, ensuring its continued legacy as a historical landmark.

Today, the meticulously restored Wilder Mansion stands as a testament to this commitment to preservation. ADA compliant and expanded to offer multi-use space, the mansion retains its historical allure while providing modern amenities and accommodations for a variety of events.

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Unveiling the Splendor

Wilder Mansion's allure lies not only in its rich history but also in its exquisite features and amenities. The mansion boasts an expansive 9,276 square feet of space, capable of accommodating up to 250 guests. Whether you're planning a wedding, corporate event, or any special occasion, Wilder Mansion's offerings cater to your needs:

  • Audio/Visual Excellence: Equipped with an in-house speaker system, the mansion offers a versatile audio experience with controls in each room. Additional audio/visual equipment, including a large-screen video monitor, DVD player, projector, and screen, adds a modern touch to events.

  • Charming Spaces: The mansion features a variety of rooms with distinctive fireplace mantels, each exuding its own unique charm. From the Wilder Room to the White Birch Lounge and more, every space within the mansion adds to the ambiance.

  • Breathtaking Gardens: The Wilder Park Formal Garden provides a scenic setting for outdoor events. With a picturesque 40-foot aisle, round table, power outlet, and ample seating, the garden adds a touch of nature's beauty to your special day.

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Eleganté Cuisine Partnership

As a preferred caterer for Wilder Mansion, Eleganté Cuisine brings culinary excellence and impeccable service to every event. Our expertise, combined with the mansion's stunning surroundings, promises a memorable experience for both hosts and guests.

Book Your Tour Today

Experience the timeless elegance of Wilder Mansion for yourself. To explore this historic gem and discuss your event needs, we invite you to book a tour. Contact us at Eleganté Cuisine, your trusted partner for creating unforgettable moments.

Contact Information:

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  • Phone: (847) 806-0000

Embrace the history, charm, and beauty of Wilder Mansion as you embark on a journey to create cherished memories that will last a lifetime.

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