Welcome to the Sanborn House Historical and Cultural Center! We appreciate your interest in renting the Sanborn House for your private event. Whether you are planning a small gathering or a large special event, the Sanborn House is a wonderful and accommodating option. Less than a mile from Winchester Center, the Sanborn House is conveniently located off Route 3A and within five miles of Routes I-93, I-95, and 2. Situated atop four acres of rolling lawn at the edge of Myopia Hill, the Sanborn House boasts a commanding view of the area.
The Sanborn House was constructed in 1907 under the direction of the Boston-based architectural firm of Hill & James. The Beaux-Arts house was originally a private residence for Oren Sanborn, son of James Sanborn, the co-founder of Chase and Sanborn Coffee & Tea Company, who named the estate “Aigremont” in recognition of the pastoral landscape. In its earliest incarnation, the Sanborn House was designed with entertaining in mind, as Mrs. Sanborn was an active member of the Winchester philanthropic community and hosted numerous fundraisers. With its elegant exterior and elegantly appointed interior, the Sanborn House continues to be a destination for social events and community gatherings.
The Oak Room, Dining Room, and central Music Room offer spacious rooms graced with handcrafted original plasterwork and wood carvings. The rooms open to the foyer, dominated by a grand staircase and Tiffany-inspired stained glass window. French doors open to the covered veranda on the eastern side of the property. Accommodations are available for small meetings as well as large gatherings, and access to a large kitchen and pantry is available for catered events.
The Winchester Historical Society currently holds a long-term lease for the Sanborn House with the Town of Winchester, and manages the continued preservation efforts for the property. We have carefully restored the interior first floor, the exterior and front entrance, and have secured a permanent preservation restriction for the site. Additionally, we have sought to upgrade the House to the standards of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) with the construction of an ADA-compliant bathroom and front entrance. In renting the Sanborn House for your event, you support the continued restoration of the Sanborn House Historical and Cultural Center.
If you would like to inquire about rental availability, please contact us at 781-721-0135 or at firstname.lastname@example.org.