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Venues and Catering in Louisville, Kentucky,
(502) 899-7670

About Us

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.

Services Offered
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:

  • Audio equipment
  • Centerpieces
  • Chairs
  • Furniture
  • Lighting
  • Tables

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:

  • House beer
  • House liquor
  • House wine
  • Premium liquor
  • Signature drink


5 out of 5
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  • The Olmsted was nothing short of perfection for our wedding. After having planned everything with Jeri and her staff for a 220 person wedding in May 2020, we abruptly had to cancel our plans and reschedule because of COVID. We rescheduled for August 2020 and eventually had to reduce the number of guests to 50. Jeri was absolutely amazing to work with through all of this. She spent countless hours with us answering all of our questions, letting us pick an entirely new menu and bar package, and making sure our wedding was going to safe for our guests and overall COVID friendly. The day of, the staff was incredibly friendly and helpful. They constantly made sure I had everything I needed (but not in an annoying way!) and I had many guests tell me how much they loved the bartender. This was truly the perfect venue for our wedding!

    Frequently Asked Questions about Venue

    Do you have a site fee for wedding receptions at your venue?


    What is the starting site fee for wedding receptions during peak season?

    $ 1,200.00

    What is the starting site fee for wedding receptions during off-peak season?

    $ 1,200.00

    Do you have a site fee for wedding ceremonies at your venue?


    What is the starting site fee for wedding ceremonies during peak season?

    $ 700.00

    What is the starting site fee for wedding ceremonies during off-peak season?

    $ 700.00

    Which of the following are included in starting site fee?

    Bridal Suite, Chairs, China, Clean Up, Event Planning, Flatware, Glassware, Lighting/Sound, Linens, Parking, Set Up, Tables

    Which of the following are included in the cost of wedding catering?

    Cake Cutting, Server(s)

    How many event spaces or rooms does your venue offer?


    Describe your venue

    Ballroom, Historic Building

    What kind of settings are available?

    Indoor, Uncovered Outdoor

    Which of the following wedding events does your venue service?

    Ceremony, Reception

    What event services do you offer?

    Bar Services, Catering Services, Clean Up, Event Planner, Event Rentals, Lighting / Sound, Outside Vendors, Set Up

    What catering services do you offer?

    Buffet, Cocktail Reception, Hors d'oeuvres, Outside Cake, Plated, Server(s), Stations, Tastings

    What bar services do you provide?

    Bartender(s), House Beer, House Liquor, House Wine, Limited Bar, Open Bar, Premium Liquor, Signature Drink

    What event items are available?

    Audio Equipment, Centerpieces, Chairs, Dance Floor, Furniture, Lighting, Tables

    What food and beverage items are available?

    Barware, China, Flatware, Glassware, Linens

    What transportation and access is available?

    Parking, Wheelchair Access

    What months are included in your peak season?

    April, May, June, July, August, September, October, November, December

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