Cator Woolford Gardens Est. Prior to 1930

1815 South Ponce De Leon Avenue Northeast, Atlanta, GA, United States

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The perfect setting for weddings, parties, reunions and other special events.
Nestled on 39 acres of mature hardwood forest, Cator Woolford Gardens at the Frazer Center is located on one of the few remaining intact historic estates in Metropolitan Atlanta, just a few miles from the heart of downtown.
The Lowdown
Type
Banquet Hall / Event Facility
Field / Forest / Orchard
Garden
Views
Courtyard
Creek
Forest
Garden
Historical Monument
Landscaped Grounds
Meadow/Field
Style
Art Deco
Art Nouveau
Classic
BEST type of CELEBRATIONS
Anniversary / Engagement Party
Bridal Shower
Charity Event
Corporate Event
Dinner Party
Elopement / Vow Renewal
Family Reunion
Holiday Party
LGBT Weddings
Rehearsal Dinner / Welcome Reception
Reunion
Social Event
Wedding Ceremony
Wedding Reception
Workshops: Creative, Photo, Etc.

Venue Setting

Nestled on 39 acres of mature hardwood forest, Cator Woolford Gardens at the Frazer Center is located on one of the few remaining intact historic estates in Metropolitan Atlanta, just a few miles from the heart of downtown. The Gardens were originally created as part of the estate of Cator Woolford, one of the principal founders of Retail Credit Company (now, Equifax, Inc.). They were brought back to life in 1996 and are currently maintained by The Frazer Center as a special oasis in the city to be enjoyed by the neighborhood. The Gardens also serve as a special event venue and proceeds from all rentals directly support the programs for children and adults at the Frazer Center.

Cator Woolford Gardens at the Frazer Center provides the perfect setting for weddings, parties, reunions and other special events and also offers a lovely alternative for corporate functions like conferences, luncheons, fundraisers, and social retreats. Increasingly, the film industry has discovered the Gardens to be a great setting for movie and television shoots, as well.

With each rental, clients have the ability to use the entire Gardens as well as the indoor Atrium space.  The Gardens include a grand ceremony lawn, air conditioned pavilion/bridal suite, 30’x 45’ and 20’ x 20’ white tents with chandeliers, slated patio with globe string lights overhead, bamboo garden, bathhouse with four women’s and four men’s restrooms, large grassy areas ideal for lawn games, and a large circular paved courtyard with Cator Woolford’s original mansion and grand Italian staircase as the backdrop. The Atrium space includes 3,000 square feet of indoor space with floor to ceiling windows, chandeliers on dimmers, glass mosaic mural, and adjacent grass courtyard.

Also included in the rental fee is the use of tables and chairs for up to 180 guests, free parking on site with complimentary shuttle service from the parking lot down to the gardens and back, use of the catering kitchen, along with security and site managers for each event.

Fees
(Prices listed here are estimates only & are subject to change)
Price Range

Does this include catering fees?

No

Additional Charges

Event Insurance is required in order for the contracts to be complete 

Prefered Professional Full Service Catering is required for any and all food/alcohol services

Professional Coordinator(s) is required for all weddings

Insurance

Additional Insurance Is Required To Host An Event At This Venue

Capacity

Seated
180
Buffet
180
Standing
180
Celebrations Hosted Here Since
Prior to 1930
Curfew
10 PM
Venue Spaces
Indoor & Outdoor Venue Spaces Available
Catering
Client Must Select A Caterer From The List Provided By The Venue
Alcohol
BYO Permitted – You Can Bring Your Own Alcohol
Licensed Server Is Required
Music
Indoors Only
Smoking
Designated Smoking Areas Only
Accommodations
Gardens

(Amplified Music is permitted for wedding ceremonies only. ONLY Non-Amplified music is allowed for duration of event. Amplified spoken voice is permitted until 8pm Mon-Sat. and 7pm Sun.)

  • Accommodates up to 180 people
    Series of outdoor “rooms” surrounded by manicured lawns and picturesque gardens
    Grand Ceremony Lawn encompassed by vibrant flowers, trellis, and colonnade
    Tents: 30′ x 45′ white tent with two chandeliers and three fans (75-100 seated) and adjacent
    20’ x 20’ white tent with globe string lights (20-30 people seated); provides perfect location for cocktails, bar/buffet set-up, or even dinner location
    Slated Patio with globe string lights and copper topped wooden posts with hanging ferns
    Pavilion/Bridal Suite: indoor air-conditioned space for up to 25 people, original marble structure, newly renovated, includes two oversized restrooms, wood floors, and several full-size mirrors. Also perfect for bridal/baby showers and smaller corporate meetings or gatherings
    East Lawn: perfect for lawn games or picnics
    Bathhouse: air-conditioned, updated with four women’s and four men’s restrooms
    Circular Paved Courtyard with Cator Woolford’s original mansion and grand Italian Staircase as backdrop; perfect for dinner set-up for up to 180 guests
Atrium

(Amplified Music and amplified spoken word permitted at a reasonable decibel level)

  • 3,000 square feet of air-conditioned indoor space
    Floor to ceiling windows fill the room with natural light
    Vaulted ceilings with chandeliers on dimmers and globe string lights available
    Beautiful mosaic mural by famed artist Athos Menaboni made with glass from Murano, Italy
    Stone-ledged planter running length of Atrium
    Accommodates 150 people seated (may vary depending on set up)
    Accommodates 180 people for ceremony or cocktail/dancing reception
Tables/Chairs
  • 20- 60″ Round Tables
    10- 48″ Round Tables
    14- 6’ Banquet Tables
    2- 8’ Banquet Tables
    180 White Resin Folding Chairs (For use in the Gardens only)
    180 White Wooden Folding Chairs (For use in the Atrium only)
Parking
  • Complimentary self-parking for up to 90 vehicles
    Events held in the Gardens include a complimentary shuttle service around the property via stretch club carts and two Parking Service Staff, provided by Eagle Parking. Guests park in large parking lot at top of hill, adjacent to Frazer Center and Atrium, and areshuttled to and from the Gardens and Atrium/parking lot via stretch club carts as needed.
    If desired event time is held Monday-Friday between 9:00am-6:00pm and will involve more than 30 guests, please coordinate alternative parking arrangements off-site
    The “VIP” parking lot, located in the Gardens, will be reserved for specific individuals requested by Lessee; holds up to six cars
    The Vendor Lot, located between Gardens and the Atrium, will be reserved for vendors only, unless requested otherwise by Lessee; holds up to fifteen cars
Eco/Green Events
Yes
Pet-Friendly Events
Yes
Kid Friendly Events
Yes
Handicap Accessible
Yes
Amenities
  • A/V Equipment
  • Bridal Suite/Changing Rooms Onsite
  • Wifi
  • Ample Parking Onsite
  • Dining Chairs
  • Dining Tables
  • Onsite Restrooms
Venue Features
Design:
With each rental, clients have the ability to use the entire Gardens as well as the indoor Atrium space.  The Gardens include a grand ceremony lawn, air conditioned pavilion/bridal suite, 30’x 45’ and 20’ x 20’ white tents with chandeliers, slated patio with globe string lights overhead, bamboo garden, bathhouse with four women’s and four men’s restrooms, large grassy areas ideal for lawn games, and a large circular paved courtyard with Cator Woolford’s original mansion and grand Italian staircase as the backdrop. The Atrium space includes 3,000 square feet of indoor space with floor to ceiling windows, chandeliers on dimmers, glass mosaic mural, and adjacent grass courtyard.
Standout Venue Features:
Cator Woolford’s original mansion and grand Italian staircase as the backdrop.
Extra Perks:
Tables/Chairs
20- 60″ Round Tables
10- 48″ Round Tables
14- 6’ Banquet Tables
2- 8’ Banquet Tables
8 - highboys
180 White Resin Folding Chairs (For use in the Gardens only)
180 White Wooden Folding Chairs (For use in the Atrium only)

Parking Complimentary: self-parking for up to 90 vehicles
Events held in the Gardens include a complimentary shuttle service around the property via stretch club carts and two Parking Service Staff, provided by Eagle Parking. Guests park in large parking lot at top of hill, adjacent to Frazer Center and Atrium, and are shuttled to and from the Gardens and Atrium/parking lot via stretch club carts as needed.
If desired event time is held Monday-Friday between 9:00am-6:00pm and will involve more than 30 guests, please coordinate alternative parking arrangements off-site
The “VIP” parking lot, located in the Gardens, will be reserved for specific individuals requested by Lessee; holds up to six cars
  • The Vendor Lot, located between Gardens and the Atrium, will be reserved for vendors only, unless requested otherwise by Lessee; holds up to fifteen cars Security Two Dekalb County Police officers are hired by CWG and are on site at every event where alcohol is served for the protection of guests, clients, and staffCWG Site Managers Cator Woolford Gardens (CWG) provides adequate staffing with all rentals. The purpose of the staff is to insure a safe and smooth event
Preparation of the site and coordination with Lessee and vendors to gain access to site
Setting up chairs for ceremonies and assist caterer in moving the chairs following the ceremony if necessary.
CWG will place the requested number of tables and chairs, included in the fee, in general location of desired set-up and caterers are responsible for setting up tables and chairs for reception area.
Monitoring the grounds and restrooms during the event and attempt to solve or remedy any problems concerning the facility or equipment that has been rented from CWG.
  • Site Managers are NOT EXPECTED to: Coordinate or direct the wedding or event or assist vendors with set-up or break-down of their equipment.
Celebration Locations
CAtor Woolford Gardens:
Outdoor space
- Max Capacity: 180
- Price: Join the party and sign in to view pricing
The Atrium:
Indoor space
- Max Capacity: 180
- Price: Join the party and sign in to view pricing
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