The most common question asked about the Mansion is "Who was Glen Sanders?" There never was a man by that name. The Mansion is named for two families that were an integral part of our area's history.
Alexander Lindsey Glen, born in Scotland, was the first to settle on the north side of the Mohawk River. He named his new home "Nova Scotia" meaning "New Scotland." The year was 1658, three years before the founding of Schenectady.
Built as a trading port, the original structure was a substantial stone house about one hundred feet closer to the river. Glen was an agent for the Dutch West India Company, and the Mohawk Valley was a much traveled pathway for trappers from the north. Damages due to flooding compelled Glen to salvage what he could and use the materials in the construction of a new one room dwelling. This is the kitchen of the present house. With additions, the new house soon was comprised with a hall and three rooms. The original Dutch Gambrel roof is still intact.
In 1713, Glens' son expanded the house by adding the east wing. This is now the dining room and Maquas Lounge. The Glen Family was host to many historical figures including : General George Washington and Louis Philippe of France, who stayed here in exile.
In 1739, Glen's great-granddaughter, Debra Glen, married John Sanders of Albany. In 1765, John and Debra Sanders become the sole owners of the Glen Estate, making it known as the Glen Sanders Mansion. From that date until 1961 the house remained in the possession of the Glen family handed down from generation to generation.
In 1988, after an extensive search across three counties, Angelo purchased Glen Sanders Mansion in Scotia. He added 12,000 square feet to the original house, including a restaurant and two ballrooms. With a desire to better serve the business community, a 22-room Inn was added in 1995. This completed the property as one of the most unique in the area. Starting in 1996, Mansion Catering became the exclusive caterer at the Hall of Springs banquet facility located on the grounds of the Saratoga Performing Arts Center. With a busy year-round event calendar, the Hall of Springs also offers a seasonal restaurant during the classical performance series at the theater. In Spring 2005, Angelo's 677 Prime opened in downtown Albany's theater district becoming the leading restaurant in the Capital District. This upscale steakhouse and wine bar has a popular Wine Society, as well as showcases some of the area's leading artists. 2007 was a busy year for Angelo and Mazzone Hospitality. As part of another redevelopment of Downtown Schenectady, Angelo returned to his original Peggy's location for the creation of a first class bistro and wine bar, Aperitivo Bistro. In June of 2007 Angelo took over the food service at Saratoga National Golf Club, and opened Prime at Saratoga National - an upscale steakhouse based on the style of Angelo's 677 Prime; and broke ground on a large Grand Ballroom on the second floor of the Golf Club which opened in May 2008. The catering arm continued to grow with the inclusion of the Fasig-Tipton "Man o' War" dining offerings. This includes serving lunch and bar fare during the horse sales in Saratoga Springs, as well as social events utilizing the grand space. Almost 20 years to the day of opening Glen Sanders Mansion, Angelo and his team not only completed a one million dollar makeover to the ballroom and hotel lobby, but also completely renovated the restaurant to become Angelo's Tavolo, featuring modern Italian cuisine that is like no other restaurant in the area. Also in 2009, Angelo created another division with PRIME Business Dining which includes cafeteria-style dining at GLOBALFOUNDRIES in Malta, the Golub Corporation headquarters, SI Group, Empire State Plaza and more. In February 2011, Mazzone Hospitality signed a contract with Proctors to become the exclusive caterer at their new venture Key Hall at Proctors - a refurbished bank right next door to Proctors. Continuing to grow in 2011, Angelo's Prime Bar & Grill opened along with becoming the exclusive caterer inside the Hilton Garden Inn in Clifton Park. 2012-2013 were growing years for our Mazzone Catering division as Mazzone Hospitality became the exclusive caterer at 90 State Street in Albany, and by adding the MH Express division serving our corporate clients with drop-off catering. In 2013 Angelo opened the Tala Bistro in Latham. Mazzone Hospitality, nurtured by Angelo Mazzone, has proven it can make dreams come true, not only for our thousands of guests, but for Angelo and his staff as well. Together they provide the area with unsurpassed events, quality catering, exceptional fine dining restaurants and a company founded on the philosophy of customer service.
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Maria brings over 20 years of experience to Glen Sanders Mansion. After attending SUNY Plattsburgh, Maria moved on to work at the Boca Raton Hotel and Club and later became Beverage Manager at the Intercontinental Hotel and Club in Miami, Florida. Maria joined Angelo Mazzone in opening the Manhattan Exchange Restaurant, where she took on the position of Restaurant Manager. She has been with the Glen Sanders Mansion for 17 years now, where her role as wedding event planner has helped make Glen Sanders Mansion known for its exquisite ceremonies and receptions. Her warm personality ensures that all of her brides are comfortable with the wedding planning process and she truly loves keeping the brides in touch with what's really important to them on their special day. The comfortable and personal setting she creates for her clients as well as her "call me anytime" policy have led to many life-long relationships, usually moving on to plan baby showers and family events!
As a graduate of Schenectady County Community Colleges Hotel and Restaurant Management Program as well as their Walt Disney World internship, Laura began working in many of Albany's hotels, including the Desmond, Albany Marriott, Best Western and Saratoga Polo. Working through the ranks, she gained valuable experience holding positions from Restaurant and Banquet Manager to Director of Sales, Food & Beverage Director, and Hotel General Manager. Laura joined Mazzone Management Group as Banquet Manager of Saratoga National Golf Club in 2009. Later that year, Laura joined the team at Glen Sanders Mansion overseeing the Corporate Sales division. Her enthusiasm for sales as well as her energetic personality make for a seamless planning process, start to finish. Recently, Laura has also taken on the responsibility of Event Planner at the new Key Hall at Proctors and Proctors Theatre.
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Chef Will started with Mazzone Hospitality in 2005 as a Banquet Chef at the Hall of Springs and moved to Glen Sanders Mansion in 2008 as Executive Sous Chef. His creativity and commitment to quality earned him the spot as Executive Banquet Chef where he consistently exceeds guest expectations for all events held at Glen Sanders Mansion. Chef Will graduated from the Culinary Program at Schenectady County Community College where he is now an Adjunct Professor teaching Quantitative Foods. He has participated in the Culinary Cornucopia team along with Glen Sanders Mansion winning Gold and Silver medals. Chef Will credits his grandmother for his passion of cooking and for giving him a diverse edge in the kitchen.
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NYS Thruway take Exit 25, I-890 West take Exit 4C, left at the traffic light, over the bridge, at traffic light, make left and left into our driveway.
NYS Thruway (87) north to NYS Thruway (90) West. Take Exit 25 onto I-890 West. Take exit 4C toward NY-5/Scotia. Turn left onto NY-5 W and then left on Glen Ave. The Mansion is on your left.
Mass Pike west to NYS Thruway (90). Take Exit 25 onto I-890 West. Take exit 4C toward NY-5/Scotia. Turn left onto NY-5 W and then left on Glen Ave. The Mansion is on your left.
I-87 (Northway) take Exit 6 to Route 7 West toward Schenectady. Take I-890 West to Exit 4C, left at the traffic light, over the bridge, at traffic light, make left and then left into our driveway.
NYS Thruway, take Exit 26 to I-890 East, take Exit 4B, off the ramp bear to the left and follow sign to Scotia (Route 5) left at traffic light, over the bridge, at traffic light, take left and left into our driveway.
Route 50 south to Scotia. Turn left on Mohawk Ave. Take a right on Glen Ave and the Mansion is on your left.
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Dimensions: 50' x 100'
Square Feet: 5000ft2
Dance Floor: 26' x 30'
Ceiling Height: 15ft
Sit Down Dinner Counts: 325 people max
Cocktail Reception Counts: 400 people max