Cairnwood Estate

Cairnwood Estate Built between 1892 and 1895 during America's "Gilded Age," this magnificent Beaux Arts style country house was designed by Carrere and Hastings, one of the country's leading architectural firms.
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The Cairnwood Elves are busy! Be prepared to feel the joy of the season and respite from 2020 depression. Every Christma...
11/17/2020

The Cairnwood Elves are busy! Be prepared to feel the joy of the season and respite from 2020 depression. Every Christmas tour is small and private. Tickets available on our website. #christmasinspiration #gildedageestates #cairnwoodchristmas #christmaselves

The Persian Ironwood (Parrotia persica) the most important historic specimen tree on our grounds, is putting on a show t...
11/11/2020

The Persian Ironwood (Parrotia persica) the most important historic specimen tree on our grounds, is putting on a show today. There is something about a vibrant tree contrasting with grey skies that is surprising and wonderful. We snapped some pictures before the rain and wind pull the rest of the electric yellow leaves down.

A dream you dream alone is only a dream. A dream you dream together is reality. —John Lennon                            ...
11/04/2020

A dream you dream alone is only a dream. A dream you dream together is reality. —John Lennon Photos: Martelli Photography @martelli_photo

Cairnwood Estate's cover photo
11/04/2020

Cairnwood Estate's cover photo

The Cairnwood chapel was designed with a niche to snugly fit this beautiful 19th century Mason and Hamlin Reed Organ whi...
11/03/2020

The Cairnwood chapel was designed with a niche to snugly fit this beautiful 19th century Mason and Hamlin Reed Organ which John and Gertrude may have used in their Philadelphia home first. Playing the organ requires pumping the ornately stitched pedals to fill the bellows to create sound. Lachlan Pitcairn was born in Cairnwood in 1922. In 1997 he recalled fond memories of time spent in the chapel. “I was thinking of my earliest memories when my mother (Mildred) would be taking Garth and me up to the chapel for worship. This was before I even went to school, and we’d always have a carnation, or some flower and we’d put it carefully in front of the altar…Worship was a very special time with her. Then near Christmastime she had us all around the organ teaching us [songs]…” #cairnwoodestate #brynathynhistoricdistrict #musicathome #localhistorymatters

Happy Halloween! These fanciful  invitations were in this 19th century desk which was used by Mildred G. Pitcairn in the...
10/31/2020

Happy Halloween! These fanciful invitations were in this 19th century desk which was used by Mildred G. Pitcairn in the Cairnwood Boudoir until 1939 when the family moved next door to their new home, Glencairn. #vintagehalloween

Perfect Fall day for a baby shower brunch 🍁🍂13th Street Cocktail Catering Sage Catering Fortune FlowersPockets Full Of P...
10/25/2020

Perfect Fall day for a baby shower brunch 🍁🍂

13th Street Cocktail Catering
Sage Catering
Fortune Flowers
Pockets Full Of Posey

#cairnwoodestate #babyshower #babyshowerbrunch #babyshowerdecor

10/24/2020

Review posted 10/23/2020 on The Knot ♥️♥️♥️ We love our clients, and it is an honor to facilitate dreams-come-true receptions creating memories to last a lifetime. Thank you!

“My husband and I got married last week at Cairnwood and although it was rainy during the day and cold at night, it was perfect! We originally were going to get married on 12/12 but due to Covid restrictions we moved our date up to 10/16 so we could make use of the outdoor tent. I was bummed because part of the reason we chose Cairnwood was the AMAZING Christmas decor and in October its not up yet HOWEVER, this place is gorgeous without any decorations needed. Our guests were stunned at the beauty and architecture all around. If you are looking for a one-of-a-kind reception venue, this is it.”
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Gorgeous handmade Papel picado personalized the terrace tent in a special way. Congratulations Angie and Jimmy! #cairnwo...
10/19/2020

Gorgeous handmade Papel picado personalized the terrace tent in a special way. Congratulations Angie and Jimmy! #cairnwoodcouple #makeityourown #celebrate #papelpicado

#cairnwoodcouple Congratulations Aisha and Haseeb! The terrace was absolute magic, transformed by @weddingdesignanddecor...
10/18/2020

#cairnwoodcouple Congratulations Aisha and Haseeb! The terrace was absolute magic, transformed by @weddingdesignanddecor and @feastivitiesevents_philly

On this rainy fall afternoon we are marveling at the changing seasons and passing of time. Our show stopping hydrangeas ...
10/16/2020

On this rainy fall afternoon we are marveling at the changing seasons and passing of time. Our show stopping hydrangeas are magnificent mid-summer through fall, changing from brilliant white to blush pink to a deep rose. The hydrangea tree in the background is one of the oldest on the grounds. Thank you hydrangeas for blessing us again this year! #bloominggardens #gertrudesgardens #fall

Hotel Ponce de Leon in St. Augustine, Florida was the first major commission for New York architects Carrère & Hastings,...
10/14/2020

Hotel Ponce de Leon in St. Augustine, Florida was the first major commission for New York architects Carrère & Hastings, commissioned by Henry Flagler in 1885 and completed in 1887. The photo on the left is a door handle at Ponce de Leon* and on the right is one of Cairnwood’s front door handles(1895). The John and Gertrude Pitcairn collections include a copy of Carrère & Hastings’ 1887 publication “Florida The American Riviera, St. Augustine The Winter Newport”, evidence of what may have been the first introduction to their work for the Pitcairns.

(*left photo credit: Steven Brooke/Hotel Ponce de Leon: The Architecture & Decoration)

This grand old Katsuratree in the border along Huntingdon Pike (cercidiphyllum japonicum) is announcing that fall is tru...
09/30/2020

This grand old Katsuratree in the border along Huntingdon Pike (cercidiphyllum japonicum) is announcing that fall is truly here with its brilliant gold tipped branches. Native to Japan and China, this specimen tree is on the 1893 Olmsted, Olmsted and Eliot planting plans for the Estate and was likely planted in 1894. Although it is spectacular in the fall from a distance, one must take a walk to stand beneath it in order to truly appreciate its size and complicated trunk and root structure. #trees #plantatree #cairnwood #fall #historictreewalk

09/25/2020

Designing Cairnwood: Gertrude Pitcairn’s Influence
Gertrude’s tiny “Correspondence Register” beginning in 1892 illustrates how involved she was in designing the estate, working with the architects on the tiniest of details. Book a private tour on our website; Gertrude’s Gardens and Home tour is available through mid October.

Today this beautifully carved hooded limestone mantle in the Great Hall reminded us to notice the details which bring us...
09/23/2020

Today this beautifully carved hooded limestone mantle in the Great Hall reminded us to notice the details which bring us joy. Those of us who work at Cairnwood walk by this fireplace in the Great Hall several times a day but pausing for a moment to appreciate its perfection is time well spent! What splendor caught your eye today? #architecturaldetails #beauxarts #inspiration #gildedage #cairnwoodestate

Check out the recent feature on Contemporary Weddings Magazine!
09/19/2020

Check out the recent feature on Contemporary Weddings Magazine!

This incredibly dreamy late summer wedding editorial is the epitome of European elegance! Head on over to the blog to see more from the team below.

Location: Cairnwood Estate / Photographer: Morgan Taylor Artistry / Event Planner: Laurel Wedding Co. / Floral Designer: Fabufloras / Cake Designer: Bredenbeck's Bakery / Dress Store: La Bella Moda / Shoes: Bella Belle Shoes / Hair Stylist and Makeup Artist: Capelli And Trucco / Invitation Designer: Elephant Limbo / Calligrapher: AlliCat Calligraphy/ Equipment Rentals: White Glove Rentals

https://www.contemporaryweddingsmagazine.com/photography/a-late-summers-dream-wedding-inspiration-by-morgan-taylor-artistry/

Cairnwood is the perfect backdrop for late summer weddings glowing with sunset hues and a beautiful #cairnwoodcouple    ...
09/12/2020

Cairnwood is the perfect backdrop for late summer weddings glowing with sunset hues and a beautiful #cairnwoodcouple Photos by @laurenfair #summertime #venus #mansionparty #cairnwoodestate #timelessstyle #fairytaleweddings

The view from the expansive front terrace is always impressive, no matter what the weather or time of day.        #cairn...
09/12/2020

The view from the expansive front terrace is always impressive, no matter what the weather or time of day. #cairnwood #weddinginspiration #outdoorroom #getoutside #countryhouse #clouds

Everything in nature, including cultivated nature, reminds us that we are part of a grand cycle and sometimes we are com...
09/09/2020

Everything in nature, including cultivated nature, reminds us that we are part of a grand cycle and sometimes we are compelled to surrender to the process. It is heartbreaking to lose such a large old specimen tree but someday a new grove will take its place and stand guard over the next century. #treelove

Door knobs and closures! Have you ever noticed the beautiful variety throughout the estate? From ornate brass to simple ...
09/03/2020

Door knobs and closures! Have you ever noticed the beautiful variety throughout the estate? From ornate brass to simple wood and in different shapes and sizes; can you figure out where they are located?

Another beautiful night a Cairnwood. Congratulations Eric and Alex! #cairnwoodcouples #summerlove❤
08/30/2020

Another beautiful night a Cairnwood. Congratulations Eric and Alex! #cairnwoodcouples #summerlove❤

This majestic old Chestnut Oak was once a part of a grove of oaks consisting of a variety of cultivars. Sadly, it is the...
08/26/2020

This majestic old Chestnut Oak was once a part of a grove of oaks consisting of a variety of cultivars. Sadly, it is the last to stand and although valiant efforts have been made by our partners in the historic district, nothing has worked to save its life and it will eventually be removed. The original landscape plans laid out by landscape architects Olmsted, Olmsted and Eliot included seven oak varieties, and all around the borders of the property specimen trees were planted in groves. As the saying goes, Mighty oaks from little acorns grow! If you would like to support the care of our trees and future replanting on the grounds please consider making a donation by visiting our website in bio, click “support.” #cairnwoodestate #hugatree #oaks #landscapedesign #trees

LOVE is a SONG that never ends— Bambi            What is your soundtrack and what does your vision of romance look like?...
08/14/2020

LOVE is a SONG that never ends— Bambi What is your soundtrack and what does your vision of romance look like? Every couple is unique and special. It is our greatest joy to watch dreams coming true and memories for a lifetime being established ♥️ Photos: @rafalostrowski @deesflowersandgifts #cairnwoodcouples #cairnwoodestate #truelove #magic #familyiseverything #weddingvenue #beourguest

A little visitor was on our doorstep today. So many beautiful doorways and places to photograph! Do you know which entra...
08/12/2020

A little visitor was on our doorstep today. So many beautiful doorways and places to photograph! Do you know which entrance this is? #doors #gertrudesgarden #cairnwoodestate #cairnwood #brynathynhistoricdistrict @ Bryn Athyn, Pennsylvania

Vibrant and bright flowers with candlelight for the first dinner as husband and wife 🌺🌸Karen Spire Catering & EventsJP E...
08/09/2020

Vibrant and bright flowers with candlelight for the first dinner as husband and wife 🌺🌸

Karen Spire Catering & Events
JP Events and Design

#sweethearttable #cairnwoodestatewedding #cairnwoodwedding #cairnwoodcouple #sweetheartsunday #outdoorwedding #outdoorreception #summerwedding #weddingvenue

The Garden House was called the Playhouse on some of the earliest architectural plans for the Estate, and the main room ...
08/08/2020

The Garden House was called the Playhouse on some of the earliest architectural plans for the Estate, and the main room inside the building, leading to the formal gardens beyond is the”Playroom” on the 1893 floor plans. Today this charming space restored is the visitor welcome center, classroom and meeting space, and a venue available for small private parties. Photo: @steveconroy #cairnwoodestate #gardendesign #carrèreandhastings #gertrudesgardens

Summertime plays preformed on Cairnwood’s terrace and spacious lawn were a community event at the turn of the century an...
08/06/2020

Summertime plays preformed on Cairnwood’s terrace and spacious lawn were a community event at the turn of the century and plays by Shakespeare were particularly popular. In this photo from 1910, Vera Pitcairn is dressed as a character from Shakespeare’s As you Like It. #summertime #cairnwoodestate #summerfun

Romantic old fashioned hydrangeas are everywhere at Cairnwood ♥️ #summertime               #hydrangeaseason             ...
08/04/2020

Romantic old fashioned hydrangeas are everywhere at Cairnwood ♥️ #summertime #hydrangeaseason #gertrudesgardens #cairnwoodestate #cairnwoodwedding

Gertrude’s Gardens & Home Tour is designed to provide visitors a safe and enjoyable contact-free excursion with a refres...
07/31/2020

Gertrude’s Gardens & Home Tour is designed to provide visitors a safe and enjoyable contact-free excursion with a refreshing look at the architecture, the grounds, and the grand rooms for entertaining on the first floor including the Great Hall, Music Room, Living Room and Library, and concluding in the Carriage House. Every tour is private with just your household family and friends (2-person minimum, 8-person maximum). Tour reservations require prepaid tickets to limit contact.

#brynathynhistoricdistrict #historichomes #gardentour #socialdistancing2020

Stunning Summer evening ✨📸 Kaleidoscope ImagerySage CateringFleur De Lis Floral#cairnwoodestatewedding #cairnwoodwedding...
07/28/2020

Stunning Summer evening ✨

📸 Kaleidoscope Imagery

Sage Catering

Fleur De Lis Floral

#cairnwoodestatewedding #cairnwoodwedding #cairnwoodcouples #weddingvenues #weddinginspiration #weddinggoals

The tent is pure romantic magic at the Estate on a warm summer night.   Congratulations Diane and Paul!                 ...
07/24/2020

The tent is pure romantic magic at the Estate on a warm summer night. Congratulations Diane and Paul! Flowers: Dee’s Flowers and Gifts Catering: Karen Spires
#cairnwoodcouples #cairnwoodestate #outdoorinspiration #venues
#summerweddings #romance

Address

1005 Cathedral Rd
Bryn Athyn, PA
19006

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Opening Hours

Tuesday 09:00 - 17:00
Wednesday 09:00 - 20:00
Thursday 09:00 - 17:00
Friday 09:00 - 17:00
Saturday 09:00 - 17:00
Sunday 09:00 - 17:00

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(215) 947-2004

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