The James Ward Mansion

169 E Broad St, Westfield, NJ 07090


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The James Ward Mansion has been called “The Best Kept Secret” in Union County.

The sheer magnificence of the 24 foot ceilings, gold gilded architectural detail, spiral staircases, fireplaces, and French appointments set the atmosphere of unsurpassed elegance and charm.

Exquisitely lit, this multi-faceted layout offers stately ambiance, privacy, and comfort, for your perfect day. The sky lit garden atrium room, with dramatic working fountain, creates an air of sophisticated romance. A perfect setting for your event!

The James Ward Mansion is dedicated to excellence and personalized service and offer full service catering & event planning. The Mansion is an inclusive venue, all are welcome here. The James Ward Mansion specializes in unique boutique weddings whether you have 30 or 120 people. 

With one event at a time and one event a day, “Make Our Mansion Your Mansion”  is an offer you cannot refuse.



The mammoth crimson-hued Grand Salon, adorned with 18th century French appointments, is often chosen as the backdrop for wedding ceremonies. The Grand Salon, an enormous room boasting 24-foot ceilings, has a view of the entire downtown through French doors and elegant second and third floor verandas.

Beautiful furniture compliments the polished wood floors, which continue through the entire mansion. The fireplace, and mirror above it, reaches the third floor while a walk-around balcony looking down into the Grand Salon surrounds the other walls. Throughout the mansion the walls bear a magnificent collection of artwork from around the world. The ornate trim creates a stately atmosphere.



The Mansion has many different dining areas depending on your events.

Banquets can be styled in our Grand Salon and Dining Room in your personal style, our Garden atrium is also perfect for a reception of delicious light bites & while being fed extraordinary hors d’ oeuvres. You can arrange a tour of the Mansion and envisage your event they way you want it. If we can make it happen for you… we will. The mansion comfortably seats 100 or 120 cocktail style. 

The dining room is dominated by a table crafted from one solid piece of mahogany. Built especially for the mansion, James Ward explained that the table resembles a piece of the Frick collection. This long table is perfect for family parties, corporate events and all kinds of private parties and weddings. 


Beyond the Grand Salon is a spacious, airy and breathtaking space called the atrium. Naturally lit by a glass-domed roof with a working fountain, it is the perfect place for guests to gather and sip cocktails while being fed extraordinary hors d’oeuvres. James Ward mingled a Spanish/French flavor in the True New Orleans style.


The Master bedroom, appointed with candelabrums is an indulgence for the eye. This Room is an exact reproduction from the period, down to every last measurement and appointment.

Experience the sheer opulence of this Master bedroom and be transported back to a period of splendour and luxury. Imagine getting ready for your special celebration in this beautiful room.

We partner with Beauty Artist Group for Events if our guests wish to get ready at the mansion and avail of these services before their celebration.


The French guest bedroom is hued in a rich midnight blue. “The Vampire” by Edvard Munch, the original which hangs in the MMA, decorates the wall next to the bed, to further enhance the comfort of this beautiful guest room.

The midnight blue guest room might be your opulent room of choice to get ready in the Mansion.


Specially selected by James Ward, a 300 year old gate from Cairo was modified with the addition of a crucifix. Many guests choose to have their nuptials in the radiant white chapel, while guests look on from the surrounding balcony. Stained glass windows depicting Saint Patrick and Saint Brigid, salvaged from a charred church on the “Port” section of Elizabeth, guard the altar where a chalice is placed.


Meeting all of the required commercial standards, the beauty of the mansion’s kitchen attracts guests who want to witness the delectable dishes. Enjoy premier cuisine in the graciousness of The James Ward Mansion in Westfield creating wonderful memories to last a lifetime.


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Ceremony,Cocktail Hour,Pre-Ceremony,Reception,Rehearsal Dinner



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Historic-Landmark Site

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