Hagen History Center

Watson-Curtze Mansion

A Vintage Wedding Reception Venue in Pennsylvania

Located on the Hagen History Center’s West Sixth Street Campus in Erie, Pa., the Watson-Curtze Mansion is a stunning Victorian mansion and operating museum. Built in 1891, this Victorian-era treasure is in the heart of Erie’s historic Millionaire’s Row. Designed in the Richardsonian Romanesque style, it features 15,000 square feet and 24 rooms filled with extraordinary architecture, stained-glass windows, hand-painted friezes, and ornate mosaics throughout. This one-of-a-kind venue includes 12 fireplaces, a ballroom, and a solarium.

Your guests will marvel at its ornate beauty and exhibits, allowing for a truly unforgettable celebration! Venue tours are offered on Saturdays and Sundays between 9 a.m. and 11 a.m. Please contact events@eriehistory.org to schedule.

How We Work with You

Custom rental coordination is available in addition to our facility rental. Our team will work with you from start to finish to customize your tent, table, chair, linen, and other rentals needed to make your event vision come to life! The best part? We take care of all the set-up and tear-down for your special day!

The Hagen History Center provides all clients with the option to choose one of our three catering partners for their food and beverage service. Clients may select from Red Letter Hospitality, Sabella’s, or Make It Fabulous Catering.

Watson-Curtze Mansion Availability

Book Your Event

The Watson-Curtze Mansion Offers:

  • Formal Accommodations for up to 350 outdoor guests and 150 indoor guests
  • Indoor and outdoor ceremony spacing options
  • Off-street parking for up to 50 cars
  • Guest access to over 12 exhibits
  • Tented outdoor patio and garden space
  • Limited inventory of tables, chairs, and linens available for use



4-hour Private Event Rental: $4000.00

Refundable security deposit: $500.00

Required cleaning fee: $100.00

Additional time per hour: $400.00

Total due at signing: $2600.00 – $2800.00
Total rental fee: $4600.00 – $5000.00

Holidays: private rentals on holidays incur a 25% rental fee increase.

Insurance Coverage: all private rentals require $1,000,000 liability insurance coverage which can be purchased directly through our site.

Special Discounts:

  • 10% Military Discount, 10% weekday discount (Monday through Thursday), and nonprofit rates are available. Discounts cannot be combined.