Renting the Swenson House and Garden Arbor

  • If banquet type seating is required, the renter must make arrangements through a third party rental company. 
  • The House is available 7 days a week, 9 a.m. - 12 midnight. 
  • The Swenson House is not available on an hourly basis except for portrait sessions. 
  • On weekdays we require a three-hour minimum on hourly rentals. 


Swenson House                                                            Fri - Sat                                              Thurs & Sun

Swenson House, Interior                                              $800 for 10 hours                             $600 for 10 hours

Swenson House, Arbor
must be rented together with Interior                        $300 for 10 hours                             $200 for 10 hours

Early Move-In Option                                                    $150                                                  $150

Rehearsal time with rental                                           $95/hr with 2 hour minimum         $95/hr with 2 hour minimum

Deposit                                                                           $350                                                  $350

Special Set-ups per hour
minimum 1 hour                                                            $50/hr with 1 hour minimum          $50/hr with 1 hour minimum

Bridal Portrait Photo Sessions                                     call                                                     $75/hour Sun-Thurs
We cannot reserve portrait sessions more than 1 month in advance.


  • Call today for an appointment to see the Swenson House and Gardens: 325-676-3775 extension 2.  Marianne Wood, our event and rental coordinator will be glad to answer any questions you may have. We love to give tours! 
  • Payment of the $350 deposit is required before we place your event on our calendar. 
  • The deposit will be returned to the rental patron two to three weeks after the event, if there is no damage to the premises or extra clean-up needed. 
  • The balance of the fee is due at least one week before your event. 
  • We'll need to know the details of your set-up and requirements at least two weeks before your event. 
  • We will have an attendant on the premises during your period of rental. We will inspect your setup and may request changes. 
  • Expected clean-up: Caterer or renter carries out all trash to dumpster. Alert attendant to any unusual activity, and in the event a spill occurs. 
  • Special consideration may be given for very small groups. 

Terms of Payment

  • Your deposit holds the Swenson House for your date. It is not refundable if you cancel.
  • 30 days from booking date, 50% of the rental fee is due. This also is non-refundable. 
  • Balance is due no later than one full week before your date. 
  • Damages and extra cleaning expenses may be withheld from your deposit. Amounts in excess of the deposit will be collected. 


  • Please do not attach anything to the walls, stair rails, or doors. No tape. You will lose your deposit if it is used. 
  • Please, no unattended children at move-in and during the event. Furniture is usable, but please stay off beds. 
  • Alcohol is permitted at private parties only. No "BYOB" events. The host party (rental patron) must provide all beverages and control all use. 
  • Renter is responsible for trash and wet spills on the floor. No heat producing devices on furniture. No food on second floor. 
  • No commercial use allowed. 
  • Smoking is prohibited anywhere on the grounds. 
  • No candles are allowed. No exceptions. Good substitutes are available now. 
  • No rice, birdseed or bubbles allowed inside the building.  No glitter is allowed.
  • Children must be supervised at all times.

Abilene Preservation League members receive a 10% discount.
Abilene Preservation League members receive free bridal portrait sessions at the Elks and Swenson House.