Commander's Mansion 440 Talcott Avenue • Watertown • MA 02472


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Why You'll Love This Place

A Here Comes The Guide Wedding Venue Review
  • This lavish three-story, civil war-era mansion is one of the true highlights of the Watertown Arsenal site. Once considered so extravagant it almost cost the commanding officer his job, it’s located up a long treelined drive and overlooks the Charles River.
  • The grounds are utterly fantastic, with colorful trees, wooded paths, antique lampposts—even a cannon. Host a ceremony on the Victorian veranda, a tented affair on the brick patio, or just explore great photo ops to take full advantage of the property’s beauty.
  • Inside, history comes to life amid gracious surroundings. Whether you choose an intimate study, adjoining parlors, or the grand entry hall, you’ll find high ceilings, carved fireplaces, gilded mirrors, and a mix of rich woods and lush fabrics.

PRICES: What's this going to cost?

Rental Fee
  • $500–10,000/event
  • Rental fee varies depending on:
    • Day of week
    • Time of year
    • Event duration
  • The weekend rental fee starts at $5,500 and includes 9-hour access, tables, chairs, a reception tent, and a catering tent.

    The fee for weekdays is $500/hour and includes exclusive use of the mansion, tables, and chairs. A tent may be rented for an additional fee.


Indoors Outdoors
Ceremony Seated 225 0
Cocktails, etc. Standing 175 225
Reception Seated 80 225
Meetings Total meeting capacity for this venue is 225.

Venue Details

Site Uses

  • Ceremony
  • Outdoor Ceremony
  • Wedding Receptions
  • Outdoor Reception
  • Special Events / Parties
  • Business Functions / Meetings
  • LGBTQ+ Friendly

Essential Info


$ • $$


Preferred list



Alcohol must be served by a licensed & insured bartender.

Amplified Music


Wheelchair Access

Access limited


Year-round, daily.

Venue Type

Buildings & other settings available:

  • Historic / Landmark Building
  • Mansion
  • Patio / Deck / Terrace
  • Private Estate

Venue Views

Peep the views you’ll enjoy from this venue!

  • Creek / River
  • Forest / Woods
  • Garden
  • Landscaped Grounds


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