Cedarhurst Historic Country House has earned a reputation as one of the Twin Cities’ most memorable and refined venues for weddings ceremonies and receptions, corporate functions, meetings, and social occasions. For more than a century, Cedarhurst has played a leading role in Minnesota’s social and political history by welcoming guests of world prominence including four U.S. Presidents and foreign dignitaries as well as the who’s who of local and international business.
Located on 10-acres of rolling countryside, Cedarhurst mansion has been meticulously restored to its original splendor making it the perfect setting for special events.
Listed on the National Register of Historic Sites, Cedarhurst initially achieved prominence as the country estate of Cordenio and Mary Severance, who opened their doors to an elite circle of political and social leaders, including U.S. Presidents Theodore Roosevelt, William Taft, and Warren G. Harding, and Calvin Coolidge during the early 1900s.
Cordenio Severance was a distinguished Twin Cities’ attorney and close personal friend and business associate of Minnesota Senator and Nobel Peace Prize winner Frank B. Kellogg. When Kellogg served as U.S. Secretary of State for President Calvin Coolidge from 1925-29, Severance offered his country estate as a place where government officials could meet in privacy and seclusion. It is believed that the historic Kellogg-Briand Pact of 1928, an international accord that provided renunciation of war as an instrument of national policy, was drafted at Cedarhurst. The extraordinary Neoclassical Greek Revival estate was built in 1868 with turn-of-the-century additions by world-renowned architect Cass Gilbert, whose architectural achievements include Minnesota’s magnificent State Capitol building and the commanding United States Supreme Court building in Washington, DC. Gilbert created an elegant symmetry to the Cedarhurst mansion by designing the north ballroom wing in 1917. The luxurious 26-room estate boasts a graceful foyer flanked by marbleized columns, three fireplaces, a grand open-air veranda with stately columns, European-style rooms with creamy paints, gold leafing and exquisite wallpapers, and a magnificent ballroom with crystal chandeliers and soaring double-hung windows in a curved bay.
Cedarhurst majestically sits on 10-acres of bucolic countryside with expansive landscaped lawns edged with namesake cedar trees. The tranquil English gardens with colorful sculpted flower beds, and the meticulously groomed grounds immediately surrounding the mansion make a magical setting for any outdoor ceremony, reception, corporate party, or group celebration.