Friday, April 12, 2013 1:00 AM
Salt Lake City, April 12, 2013 -- Brides, one of the five leading national monthly bridal magazines, has ranked the McCune Mansion in Salt Lake City as one of the “Top 50 Romantic Wedding Venues in the U.S.” According to the Condé Nast publication, “whether you're marrying in Michigan or Maui, searching for a fairy-tale castle or a soaring city loft, we've compiled a list of the dreamiest spots in the country to say ‘I do.’”
Featured on the magazine’s home page as lead-in to the full online coverage, the McCune Mansion is recommended, “If elegant columns, gilded trim, and ceiling frescoes are your thing, look no further than McCune Mansion. The 27-room, early 20th century home features glamorous old-world details on the inside and a romantic manicured garden on the outside. The Inn on the Hill, McCune's sister property, is a charming place for family and friends to stay before or after the wedding.”
According to General Manager Shawn Fletcher, the unique setting, world-class period architecture, workmanship, and design of the McCune Mansion have made it a unique, four-season venue for weddings as well as for meetings and events, private and corporate. The beauty of the indoor rooms as well as the gorgeous gardens and spacious veranda make the McCune a favorite place for entertaining, meeting, and celebrating throughout the year. Ten minutes from Salt Lake’s International Airport, and a short walk to light rail, major attractions and shopping centers add to its appeal. Additionally it is an easily accessible venue when clients are inviting guests from around the country or abroad.
ABOUT THE MCCUNE MANSION
Listed on the National Register of Historic Places, the McCune Mansion is an important part of Utah’s heritage and ranks among the grandest of early 20th century homes in all America. Alfred McCune, a successful railroad builder and business partner of J.P. Morgan, William Randolph Hearst, and Frederick William Vanderbilt, and his wife Elizabeth began building the Mansion in 1898. Elizabeth wanted the home located at 200 North Main Street to be magnificent and sent the promising young architect SC Dallis on a fully funded, two-year tour of Europe to get ideas and study designs and techniques from the European masters. The Mansion was completed in 1901 at an approximate cost of $1,000,000.00.
The McCunes had mahogany shipped from San Domingo, oak from England, and a rare white satin mahogany from South America. The red roof tiles are from the Netherlands and a wall size mirror from Germany delivered to the Mansion in a specially made railroad car graces the “Drawing Room.” The walls are covered with silks, tapestries, and leather. The exterior is built from red brick and Utah sandstone; the stunning fireplaces feature exotic stone such as Nubian marble and rare green onyx.
The McCarthey Family purchased the Mansion in 1999 and returned the Mansion to its original architectural splendor and exemplary workmanship while preserving its historical legacy and community prominence.