The Party’s Here
Fantastic local venues to host a great event
Image courtesy Lockwood-Mathews Mansion Museum
Fairfield County has many great venues that are rich in history and culture and vary from getting married in the same spot as John Hancock to sipping a cocktail while touching a live stingray! Here is a list of fantastic places in the area where a great event can be thrown. Visit the individual sites for rental requirements and fees.
Antique but not Antiquated
The 1913 beaux-arts Bank Building in downtown Stamford can host a private dinner party of 10 or up to 250-person reception. This beautiful space transports you to the turn of the century. The lighting, architectural features and layout have been compared to the grandeur of the main concourse of Grand Central Station. Bank Street is located next to a parking facility that can hold 750 cars with valet service available.
The Bush Holley Historic Site was built from 1728-1730. The main hall of the Education Center is available for rental and has a rustic barn feel. With dark exposed wood beams it can accommodate a standing reception of 100 people, 80 theatre or lecture style and 60 seated at round tables. Rental fee includes use of tables, chairs and commercial kitchen.
This Burr Mansion located on 739 Post Road, was built around 1790 and played host to many famous revolutionary war heroes such as George Washington, John Hancock, Sam and John Adams and Aaron Burr. There are several large rooms and a main entrance hall with high ceilings and elegant architectural details. The home can accommodate 125 people for standing party or buffet and 95 for a seated dinner. For larger events, tents can be erected behind the home.
The Durrell Meeting Hall is located in the museum and historical center. This space has soaring post and beams which frame white walls and create a bright and modern open atmosphere with a hint of history. The hall can accommodate 200 people for a reception, 80 for a seated presentation or 50 for a more intimate luncheon or dinner. The rental includes a gallery kitchen and staging area.
The Lockwood-Mathews Mansion was built during the Civil War from 1864 to 1868. The dark wood and rich colors of the interior and furniture highlight the gilded age of the Victorian Era. Four furnished rooms and a rotunda with forty-two foot ceilings are available for rental.
Keeler Tavern Garden House built by the renowned architect Cass Gilbert of US Supreme Court and Woolworth Building fame was made for entertaining in a grand manner. French doors open to the “Charleston” Garden. This property can accommodate 100 people.
Waveny Castle was constructed in 1912 as a private residence. The property boasts wood paneled walls and ceilings, Tudor style leaded glass windows, marble fireplaces, hand stenciled muraled walls, and wide plank wooden floors. It can host 50-170 people and has 3 working fireplaces. The property has chairs, tables, place settings and a commercial kitchen included in the rental.
Thoroughly More Modern
The amazing exhibits serve as backdrop at the Bruce Museum. The Bantle Lecture Gallery can host 80 people for a sit down affair and 125 for a presentation or cocktail reception. If more space is needed, the entire gallery floor can be acquired and can hold approximately 250 guests. State of the art audio and visual equipment and kitchen are available for use.
The DCA Meadowlands, listed on the National Register of Historic Places, is an exquisite Regency Style Mansion, with nearly eight acres of land. It boasts sumptuous gardens, a greenhouse, kissing garden and serene bird sanctuary. The original house, was built in the late 1800's and has recently been renovated and charmingly appointed in old world style. The Mansion includes of a lovely Foyer, cozy Library, Bride's Room, Screened Porch, the McKitterick Room, a formal Dining Room, the East Room and the Garden Ballroom. The DCA Meadowlands promises a stunning, elegant, sophisticated setting for weddings, celebrations, private and corporate events.
For a more intimate but unforgettable event, the Phillip Johnson Glass House includes access to five Johnson-designed structures, a collection of contemporary art and sculpture, expansive views of the 47-acre landscape and a reception area for up to 35-guests outside the Glass House or Painting Gallery, or dinner for up to 10 guests inside the Glass House at Philip Johnson’s table.
When you need a blank canvas The Loading dock in Stamford offers 17,000 sq ft of white space. This modern industrial space can be transformed into anything from a performance theatre to chic dance club. The ballroom can host up to 400 for a buffet or for a more intimate gathering the sky lite theatre area can be used. There is also a retro arcade to host a teen party and a commercial kitchen for caterers needs.
What a great place to make a SPLASH with guests. This unique space is great for holiday parties, weddings, bar mitzvahs and proms. The building can host 1000 guests at a reception, 400 for a sit down dinner and 250 persons for dinner and dancing. With the beautiful marine exhibits as backdrop, this venue will not disappoint.