The Inside Scoop
FROM THE KNOT EDITORS
The First Look
The Glass Houses is a premier wedding and reception venue located in Chelsea Arts Tower in the heart of Manhattan, New York. The acclaimed architecture of this building focuses on floor-to-ceiling windows that offer panoramic views of the Hudson River, Midtown and Downtown Manhattan. The location of The Glass Houses makes it accessible to the larger New York neighborhoods and a wide selection of reliable vendors. This venue ensures couples of a classy and elegant wedding or reception in a skyline-themed event.
Glass House 21 is an impeccable spot to view the sunset over the Manhattan skyline. Located on the 21st floor, this space has a balcony that offers an unobstructed view of Hudson River and Manhattan’s skyscrapers. With wall-to-wall windows, this space provides a charming city backdrop for the wedding or reception. Its 3,400 square feet accommodate 150 seated or 200 standing guests.
Glass House 14 on the 14th floor has a white canvas appeal that makes it easy to decorate and customize for a specific event theme. Just like Glass House 21, this room has floor-to-ceiling windows that allow ample light for wedding photographs and beautiful views of the surroundings. At 3,600 square feet, Glass House 14 accommodates 150 seated guests or 200 for a standing cocktail reception.
What You Should Know
Couples can choose to book a single space or both spaces at the venue. To secure a reservation at the venue, a refundable security deposit of $1000 is required. In addition, an estimated 50 percent of the total event cost is required when booking the space. Rental charges vary depending on the time of the year.
The Glass Houses permits couples to rent the venue for 12 hours, including setup and cleanup times. Couples can choose to extend their event times at an extra cost. Both setup and end times are flexible depending on the initial agreement.
The venue provides a comprehensive event package that includes furniture rentals, catering and beverage services. Couples are permitted to subcontract catering services to their preferred vendors. However, no alcohol may be brought into the facility.
The Glass Houses restricts the use of unapproved decorations such as rice, birdseeds and confetti. Also banned are smoking on the premises and music after 4.30 a.m.
The day on-site manager is responsible for event coordination and ensures that all the necessary amenities are provided. In addition, personal event planners work hand in hand with The Glass Houses staff to deliver an unforgettable wedding or reception experience. Other mentionable perks provided by the venue include:
- Doorman-attended granite lobby
- Luxurious bathrooms
- Bride’s dressing area
- IPod-compatible sound system
- Wireless microphone
- 24-hour parking across the street
- Fully equipped catering kitchen
- Past midnight event
From the Vendor
Premier NYC Event Space
Spectacular view. Floor to ceiling windows. Architecturally acclaimed building in Chelsea. 11 and 14 foot ceilings. Fully equipped catering kitchen. Beautiful Terrazo floors. Adjustable built in lighting for all type of events.
Amenities + Details
For more details about amenities, please message the Venue.
$$ – Affordable
SpectacularReviewed on 10/02/2012 johanna s
Perry and the entire team were easy to work with and very helpful throughout the process. We had to do almost nothing to decorate the room as the spectacular backdrop of NYC was all we needed!
I got engaged at the Glasshouses last Friday (she said "yes!"). It was incredible to say the least! Everything went perfectly. The views are amazing. Perry and the staff were very accommodating and easy to work with. The room was spotless when we arrived. I couldn't have had a better experience. Highly recommended.
The venue was the perfect setting. Perry, Wilson and the team far exceeded our expectations in terms of the service they delivered to us and our guests. It was perfect for our wedding in September 2016.
Nice venue but unfortunate experienceReviewed on 10/04/2010 Jana G
I was disappointed with the experience. The space is incredibly beautiful and unique but the management of glass houses ended the reception an hour before the scheduled time. They said that the rental time of the space started when the furniture rentals and caterer arrived (both of whom arrived early to set up) and it took away from the celebration time when the guests were there. sad.