If you want to feel like royalty on your wedding day, this is the NYC venue for you! With a maximum guest count of 180, the Convent of the Sacred Heart wedding venue feels exclusive, intimate, and luxurious. As a testament to this venue’s versatility, these couples pulled together two very different wedding styles – equally breathtaking – at the same venue. You may have also heard this stunning venue called the Burden Kahn Mansions, so first we’ll start with a bit of history to clarify.
First Burden Kahn Mansions, Now Convent of the Sacred Heart
The Otto Kahn Mansion was originally a private home designed by two of the most renown architects in the country, C.P.H. Gilbert and J. Armstrong Stenhouse. The estate owner asked that they spare absolutely no expense to fulfill his grand vision. Based on the incredibly ornate details, he meant what he said – literally no expense spared. As you gaze at the intricate crown molding, gold details, and large tapestries, you can’t help but look around in awe.
The mansion’s exterior is just as extravagant as the interior. Crafted from French limestone imported from St. Quentin, the grand white walls look magnificent against all of the surrounding greenery. The light-colored interior is crafted of gorgeous Caen stone. Otto Kahn wanted to emulate the beauty of sixteenth-century Italian architecture – and I would say he nailed it flawlessly! It endures as an elegant and timeless New York City landmark.
n fact, the New York City Landmarks Preservation Commission appraised the mansion by saying,
“In its grand scale, distinguished design and superb construction, the Otto Kahn House is the finest Italian Renaissance-style mansion in New York.”
The adjacent James Burden Mansion completes the magnificent duo, better known as the Burden Kahn Mansions. The Burden mansion consists of a lovely rotunda and hand-painted dome ceiling with a stained-glass skylight. The creation is reminiscent of the Sistine Chapel and is certainly a sight to behold. This mansion also contains the picturesque French-inspired ballroom.
In conclusion, the Convent of the Sacred Heart purchased both mansions for the location of their private girls’ school, which remains today.
Weddings at Convent of the Sacred Heart
As far as photography composition, there are few indoor places that can compare to these combined mansions. The white-marbled spiral staircase, black iron railing, and carefully decorated rooms provide unique angels, texture, and lighting. Huge open windows bring in bright natural sunlight. You can guarantee your wedding photos will be one-of-a-kind at Convent of the Sacred Hearts. I especially love the many options for a romantic first look.
Outdoor and Indoor Event Spaces
Throughout the mansions, you’ll find sparkling chandeliers and large windows that look out across Central Park. The white chapel-like room makes this the perfect venue for a wedding. The bride and groom and their guests will feel like royalty in this grand home, complete with a shaded balcony that overlooks the treetops. Amazingly, this venue even accommodates outdoor ceremonies – or an al fresco cocktail space. The courtyard is surrounded by the beautiful white limestone walls and overhanging balconies. It truly is a blank slate for ceremony décor and can accommodate up to 120 ceremony guests or 180 for cocktails.
One of my favorite places to take intimate bride and groom photos is at the Central Park Overlook connected to the Kahn mansion. It’s so peaceful, and the breeze brings extra life and energy to the photos – very complementary to the more luxurious indoor portraits.
As an experienced NYC wedding photographer, this is one of my favorite intimate wedding venues. I’ve photographed here many times, so don’t hesitate to reach out with any questions. To get in touch or schedule a session, leave a note on my Contact Form. Can’t wait to hear from you!