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Red Room Rental Information

The Red Room comfortably seats 80 for meetings or recitals.  The former drawing room of the Thayers, it features hardwood floor, soft adjustable lighting, and windows lining the east and west walls. It is not airconditioned.

The Red Room, the Gallery, and the Library are often rented together for buffets or banquets.  Tables and chairs are available.  

Rental fee for the Red Room (and the Gallery) is $100 per hour for a minimum rental period of three hours.


The Red Room in 1906

In 1906, the room was described as "a large rectangular room, occupying the whole of the right wing of the house and lighted by windows on three sides. The walls are white, with panels of red silk damask encased within molded frames. The curtains are of the same materials. The rich cornice supports a ceiling elaborately detailed in low relief in decorated panels. At the further end, as one enters the room from the gallery, is the mantel of white marble with mottled yellow columns... The room is so large that it affords ample space for much furniture, and it contains a host of rare, curious and beautiful objects... The further end of the room opens directly on to the semicircular piazza at the end of the house."  Barr Ferree, "Notable American Homes: 'The Homestead', the Home of Nathaniel Thayer, Esq. Lancaster, Massachusetts." American Homes and Gardens, 1906.

Two of Nathaniel Thayer's daughters were married at the Homestead. Cornelia Van Renssaeler Thayer and Count Carl von Moltke of Denmark were married in 1907. Their wedding was reported by the New York Times as an important society event. Sarah Barroll Thayer and Frederick Winthrop said their vows before the marble fireplace in the Red Room in 1911. Their wedding was a small, family affair due to the death of her father only two months earlier.

NOTE: The north windows and part of the semicircular piazza were displaced by storage rooms after the college purchased the building.



Library Rental Information
 
This room has a rich, dark feel to it because of the polished French walnut wall paneling. It is an excellent room for meetings or social occasions.  At least 75 can be seated comfortably in the room. 
 
The rental fee for the Library (and the Gallery) is $75 per hour for a minimum rental period of three hours.

The Library in 1906

In 1906, the room was described as adjoining "the gallery and is approached by two paneled passages, one of which is a survival of the structure of the older house, and the other was necessitated by the requirements of symmetry. It is paneled throughout in polished French walnut, with a plain ceiling supported by a plaster cornice. In the center of the side next the gallery is an elliptical recess, lined with built-in bookcases from the floor to the ceiling; the whole of one of the other sides is treated in a similar manner. The mantel is of red marble and supports a built-in mirror... The curtains are green. The window-seats at each window are of the same color. Green is also the color of the rug, and the furniture is green or tapestry. The latter embraces some fine old pieces, as well as some of more modern make. The portraits on the wall include examples of the work of Romney and F. Cotes. The old brass fender of the fireplace is worthy of special mention." Barr Ferree, "Notable American Homes: 'The Homestead', the Home of Nathaniel Thayer, Esq. Lancaster, Massachusetts." American Homes and Gardens, 1906.


Gold Room Rental Information
The Gold Room, the former dining room of the mansion, comfortably seats 60 for meetings or recitals.  It opens onto the upper terrace. The room is not airconditioned. 
 
The rental fee for the Gold Room is $50 per hour for a minimum rental period of three hours.  The terraces and the back lawn may be added for an additional $25 per hour for a minimum rental period of three hours. (The terraces and back lawn are not rented independently of the Gold Room.)


The Gold Room in 1906

In 1906, the room was described as "a sumptuous apartment, treated in a thoroughly monumental style, with doorways encased within pilasters and surmounted with broken pediments. The doors are of mahogany. The room is lighted on two sides. The walls are arranged in panels with festoons in low relief in the upper parts... The floor is of hard wood... The mantel at the further end is of yellow marble, with white marble ornaments and shelf... The service and kitchen wing adjoins the dining room and is fitted up with every possible convenience." Barr Ferree, "Notable American Homes: 'The Homestead', the Home of Nathaniel Thayer, Esq. Lancaster, Massachusetts." 
American Homes and Gardens, 1906.


The terraces and the lawn behind the Nathaniel E. Thayer Estate ("The Homestead") offers the space for outdoor wedding receptions and other types of events.  Please call the office (978-368-2100) for more information. 

The terraces and the back lawn may be rented with the Gold Room for $75 per hour for a minimum rental period of three hours. They may not be rented independent of the Gold Room
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