Germanic-American Institute

  • The Germanic-American Institute (GAI), a stately Summit Hill mansion, is the gorgeous host of both our ceremony and reception.
  • The four-story house, complete with a ballroom, Ratskeller, and nine fireplaces, was built in 1906 by the George W. Gardner family. The Gardner family resided in the home until the late 1930s. The property was then purchased in 1948 by the Sisters of St. Benedict and became known as the Saint Paul Priory. Since 1965 it has served as a German cultural center and home of the GAI.
  • Today, the GAI is a 501 c3 non-profit organization that focuses on education, cultural programming, and community building.
  • Kirsten and Pete do not have much German heritage, nor do we speak German. We just fell in love with the venue and its wondeful staff.
Petra Kern