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Renting Edwards Place

Edwards Place was a social center of antebellum Springfield. In its gracious parlors Abraham Lincoln, Stephen Douglas, Ulysses S. Grant, and other Illinois luminaries gathered at elegant parties and balls.


You, too, can have your party in the same rooms where Abraham and Mary Lincoln were guests more than 150 years ago, now meticulously restored to the grandeur of their antebellum days. Edwards Place is available to rent for showers, cocktail parties, fundraising events, dinners, and luncheons – the perfect choice for a distinctive event in a historically significant setting. You can even include extra services for your event, such as the use of a piano often heard by Abraham Lincoln (and possibly played at his wedding!) or a lecture or tour from the Curator or Executive Director.


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Edwards Place can accommodate up to 50 guests for a seated dinner or 120 guests for a cocktail reception.



The fee to rent Edwards Place is:

$600 (non-SAA members)
$500 (SAA members)


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This fee is for a four-hour party block, assuming one hour for set-up, two hours for the event, and one hour for clean-up. Fees will *not* be prorated for shorter events. 

Events exceeding this timing are subject to an automatic $100 per hour, or fraction thereof, overtime charge.


Edwards Place may also be rented in conjunction with the Springfield Art Association's M.G. Nelson Family Gallery for an additional charge:


$850 (non-SAA members)
$750 (SAA members) 


*The Springfield Art Association is willing to negotiate special rates for not-for-profit entities. Please mention your not-for-profit status in your written request.


Photography Fees

Edwards Place may be used as a setting for professional photographs for a flat fee of $50. For interior photographs, furniture may not be moved or rearranged without the express permission of a Springfield Art Association staff member. Subject to availability based on the Edwards Place event and tour schedule.



For detailed information about rentals in Edwards Place, click here.


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