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Welcome to the
1910 Swenson House

Swenson House at dusk

A magnificent setting

...for weddings, receptions, parties, teas, meetings and other gatherings. After two years of stabilization and restoration work, the Swenson House is now available for events. Scroll down for photos of the interior, our beautiful new outdoor Arbor and information about rentals.

A little history: Built in 1910 by W.G. and Shirley Swenson, the home was built on 58 acres owned by the family. Today the grounds cover a two acre city block. In 1928 the Swensons completed a major remodeling of the home, adding brick veneer, a grape arbor and many Spanish Colonial Revival architectural features. The Swenson home is unique because so many of the original features have been preserved.

The Abilene Preservation League has owned and maintained the Swenson House since 1991.

Garden Arbor

Garden Arbor

Grand Staircase

Front Porch & Entrance

Library-Sitting Area

Expansive Lawn with room for Tents


Tent on Lawn

A custom package for a larger wedding, reception or party can be designed to include one or more tents, serving outside, outdoor chandeliers and dancing under the stars. We even have a 9 foot outdoor movie screen for slide shows!

Dining Room

From a party catered by TopCat Catering

Dining Room view looking north.
The unusual room is oval in shape.

Music Room

The Music Room features recently discovered
hand-blocked wallpaper and restored woodwork,
along with original oriental rugs.

Priceless Art Deco fixtures
are a feature of the northeast bathroom.


The sun porch on the south
can accommodate three tables of eight.


Evening reception in the arbor

Our brand-new reconstruction of the historic Arbor at the Swenson is now available for an optional rental with the House.

arbor from garden

To the southwest of the Arbor is the flower garden.

Renting the Swenson House for your event

The Swenson House is available for wedding receptions, performances, parties, meetings, workshops, retreats and conferences. Rentals are available seven days a week, 8 a.m. - 12 midnight. The house can accommodate around 110 for a seated dinner and a few more for a typical reception without table seating. Banquet tables and chairs must be rented and brought in. There is furniture in each room, and additional fees may apply for requests to move the furniture. There is a five-hour minimum on hourly rentals.

The Music Room has a baby grand piano. We have some restrictions on decorations and users must observe regulations governing the use of certain electrical equipment.

For pricing, you may check out the pricing guide below, or call us and tell us about the particular event you have in mind, 325-676-3775, extension 2. We'll recommend a package for you. Our e-mail address for questions is info@abilenepreservation.org.

Abilene Preservation League members receive a 10% discount.

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