Westwood Events

Historic and grand yet welcoming, this stately Knoxville residence offers a creative and flexible event space for weddings, dinners, receptions, private parties, and more. Make this gilded age mansion the setting for your most memorable moments. Located just minutes from downtown Knoxville at the gateway to the charming Sequoyah Hills neighborhood.

We can do all this and more… Weddings & Rehearsal Dinners / Anniversary Celebrations / Bachelorette Parties / Baby Showers / Bar & Bat Mitzvahs / Birthday Parties / Bridal Showers / Bridge / Bunco Clubs / Brunches / Church Celebrations / Club Meetings / Corporate RECEPTIONS & Meetings / Lunches / Company – Organization Staff Retreats / Dinner Parties / Family Reunions / Picnics / Fundraisers / Graduation Celebrations / Halloween Parties / Christmas & Holiday Parties / Oscar – Emmy Red Carpet Parties with large screen viewing / Retirement Parties / Sports parties with large screen viewing

Event Space

Events at Historic Westwood may use the first floor of the house, the front porch, and the grounds.

Capacity for Indoor Events or Weddings

The maximum indoor capacity during a cocktail style event is 100. The maximum indoor capacity for a seated event is 50.


The maximum outdoor capacity is up to 200 (note: Requires tent rental).  However,  Historic Westwood home is open for guests and is part of the rental fee. Note:  Some rentals are on site and available as part of the rental fee (chairs, tables, linens, etc.). Please check with the Estate Manager for details.

EVENING event hours

Events must end by 11 pm – with one hour of cleaning time after that. Amplified music must cease by 10 pm. to respect our neighbors (this is also governed by city ordinance). The bar must close at least 30 minutes prior to the event’s end.


An event staff person is included in the rental fee and is required at every event. The Events Manager will assist vendors and others with becoming familiar with Historic Westwood but are not responsible for set-up or clean-up.


Security may be required for events larger than 100 guests.

security deposit/cleaning fee

There is a security deposit and cleaning fee of $500. In the event that no damages or severe time overages occur, you will be refunded the security deposit portion ($250) within 30 days after the event.

reservation fee

A signed contract, the security deposit and cleaning fee, and one half of the rental fee shall be paid to reserve a specific date. The balance (including payment for upgrades and additions to standard provided rentals) will be due  30 days prior to the event. The reservation fee is non-refundable.

special pricing

Knox Heritage major donor members receive a discount of 15%.

rental equipment

All Occasions Party Rentals is our exclusive provider of rental services. Historic Westwood will provide assistance in arranging for all rental items in order to assure the best pricing. The client will work with the special events staff to make arrangements for set-up of rental items.

Rented equipment must be delivered during the hours specified in the Historic Westwood Rental Agreement. If necessary, arrangements can be made for rentals to be dropped off one day prior to the event with the approval of the Estate Manager.  All equipment must be removed by the time specified in the Historic Westwood Rental Agreement.

Historic Westwood cannot assume any responsibility for any items left after an event.


All events at which food and drink are served must be catered by a licensed and insured caterer. We have a list of approved caterers who have been trained to work at Historic Westwood. All caterers must submit a copy of their business license and a certificate of liability insurance, including liquor liability, in the amount of $1,000,000.00 prior to the event. The certificate should also state that Historic Westwood is named as insured on the group’s insurance policy for the date of the event.

The caterer is responsible for the break-down of all tables, chairs, food and beverage stations, and all other equipment related to the event.

Caterers not listed on the approved catering list must be approved by the Events Manager and undergo orientation by Historic Westwood staff no later than 30 days prior to the event. A caterer’s failure to comply with event policies may result in the loss of the event security deposit.

beverage service

You are allowed to provide your own alcoholic beverages as long as you meet all the requirements. Bartenders must be licensed and insured and either hired through the catering service or a licensed bartending service. The bartending service must provide Historic Westwood with proof of $1,000,000.00 liability insurance with Historic Westwood listed on the policy for the day of the event. Kegs are permitted outdoors only.

If you are interested in more information about booking a special event at Historic Westwood, please fill out the form on our Plan your Event page and our Estate Manager, Annette Brun, will be in contact with you as soon as possible.