Academy Mansion is an extraordinary space and a true hidden gem in Manhattan.
Situated conveniently on East 63rd Street between 5th Ave and Madison Ave, Academy Mansion boasts over 26,000 square feet spread over four immaculate floors. Built in 1920, Academy Mansion should be on the “must see” list of wedding venues for all discerning NYC brides and grooms.
Academy Mansion also has a sweet secret : an interior courtyard. Paved with bricks, this courtyard is an intimate, unexpected surprise in the middle of this vast mansion. There are meticulously kept hedges and bushes reaching upwards to a tiled roof and elaborate windows. Want to feel all alone in the middle of Manhattan? Here is a space for you.
This historic estate also boasts dozens of rooms in which you can host all or some of your day, including:
The living room
A dining room
The main stair hall
The grand foyer
Multiple bedrooms and salons
The mansion abounds with a variety of meticulously cared-for wooden floors, incredible wooden details on the walls, sweeping staircases, white marble, inlaid floors, and more. Arched hallways lead you through light-drenched space.
You might stumble into a room with brilliant whitewashed walls and a crazy, geometric black and white inlaid floor. You might find yourself in a hallway where the walls and ceiling arch up in black and white stripes, while another monochrome geometric pattern lies underfoot. Brilliant white-walled rooms give way to dreamy, dark, wooden-paneled sideways.
If you are looking for the most brilliant of blank spaces to host your wedding weekend, I urge you to visit the Academy Mansion. It will take your breath away, as it surely does mine. There truly is no space like it in the city.