This large lawn on the East half of the museum’s historic grounds is available for private functions. It is a full quarter block of open lawn surrounded by Victorian flower gardens and large trees. The East Lawn setting is a beautiful choice for outdoor weddings, performances, parties and reunions, particularly in May, June, July, August and September. Laramie Garden Club’s creative efforts with the exquisite array of flowers around the property make this area special. Croquet and badminton are welcome, but games involving balls or other thrown objects are better suited for the city parks where windows and historic buildings are not a worry.
The buildings on the grounds are not accessible for your group unless you have made prior arrangements or are using the East Lawn as part of a rental package. The Alice Hardie Stevens Center offers three public bathrooms that include a bridal/family dressing space with easy access to weddings and receptions on the East Lawn.Tents may be set up on the Lawn, but care must be taken to avoid damage to the trees and sprinkler system. Depending upon the style and size of your tent, the City may require a permit.
With an East Lawn event you and your guests will have general access to the bridal/family dressing room and the bathrooms in the Alice Hardie Stevens Reception Center. Certainly, if you have purchased a rental
package with the AHSC, you have unlimited access to all reception areas of the Center during your rental period.
The museum has 150 white folding chairs that are available for your wedding on the lawn, and some extra black metal chairs for seating more than 150. There are businesses in the area from whom you can rent tents, chairs and other amenities that offer an elegant presentation. Check with the museum staff to gather suggestions along these lines.
East Lawn with Tent Rental
East Lawn Rental: $350 for event rental
$550 for event rental w/100 white chairs
$300 extra when large tent is placed
$250 refundable security deposit*
Reservations are made on a first come, first served basis by calling the Laramie Plains Museum or visiting the Carriage House Office located to the rear of the Ivinson Mansion property. Rental dates, particularly for summer weekends, around the holidays or for area graduations, fill up quickly and far in advance. Do not delay once you have decided to use our facilities for your special event.
Refundable Security Deposit: Your deposit serves several purposes: to secure the date, to guarantee your clean-up, and to cover damages that may have occurred during your rental use. If the facility is left in good condition, your deposit will be returned by mail as soon as possible after your event. Since deposits have been set at very fair rates, renters agree to be responsible for any damages occurring to the historic buildings, grounds, or artifacts that exceed the deposit. If circumstances arise that cause you to not use the facility after a deposit has been made, it will be refunded by mail if at least 10 days notice has been given. Last minute cancellations mean that the non-profit museum has lost out on other rental revenue while holding the facility for you. Any withheld deposit may be deemed as reasonable compensation for such loss.