by Alane Trafford | April 01, 2012

There's something special about a building that has seen a lot of history take place within its walls, and the four sites profiled here certainly qualify. But these venues add beautiful design to the mix, creating an irresistible backdrop for meetings that strive to make some history of their own.  

Trading Floor by nightNew York Stock ExchangeNew York City
(212) 656-2034

Built in 1903 and designated a U.S. National Historic Landmark in 1978, the New York Stock Exchange in Lower Manhattan houses the world's largest such facility in terms of dollar volume. After business hours, groups can rent out the iconic Trading Floor (pictured), a dramatic 15,000-square-foot space with a gilded ceiling and white marble walls, for receptions of up to 500 people. Other meeting spaces include the stately Main Dining Room, which seats 240, and the Lounge & Card Room, with wood-paneled walls and a vaulted ceiling, for 170.

New York Public LibraryNew York Public LibraryNew York City
(212) 930-0730

In Manhattan's Midtown, the glorious New York Public Library building dates from 1911 and is an official city landmark. The venue's 6,400-square-foot Celeste Bartos Forum (pictured) is adorned with an impressive glass-dome ceiling and can seat up to 450 people for a meeting or presentation. Other on-site spaces include Astor Hall, which provides a grandiose white marble entryway for parties of 750, and the Wachenheim Trustees Room, featuring 17th-century Flemish décor and a capacity of 125 for a reception or 110 for a seated dinner.