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.
New York Stock ExchangeNew York City
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 City
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.
Union Station Washington, D.C.
A central transportation hub of the U.S.
capital since opening in 1907, Union Station has been beautifully
restored in recent years and now also serves as a special-events venue.
The massive Main Hall (available for evenings only) with a 96-foot-high
barrel-vaulted ceiling and arched portals, can hold up to 4,000 for a
reception and 2,200 for a seated dinner. The East Hall (pictured) can
host a reception for up to 800 people and a seated dinner for 500, while
the Columbus Club (rentable in the daytime) can hold 400 for receptions
or 220 for seated dinners.
The Spanish Governor's PalaceSan Antonio
With parts dating as far back as 1722, the
Spanish Governor's Palace in San Antonio is one of the last standing
pieces of the historic Presidio San Antonio de Bejar. Featuring
beautiful Spanish Colonial period architecture and décor, the palace's
Main Courtyard (pictured) can host up to 200 for a reception and 150 for
a seated dinner. For smaller events, the Side Courtyard has reception
space for 100. Guided tours of the venue can be given during an event.
Photograph: Matt Howry