16 West Martin Street
Raleigh NC 27601
Located on the twelfth floor of the Historic Capital Club Building in Raleigh, NC
The Raleigh News & ObserverSAT, NOV 26, 2011Downtown Raleigh venues are open for partying
"Imagine riding the elevator to the top of Raleigh's Historic Capital Club Building and walking directly into The Grand Ballroom, restored in all its original glory...."
Built in 1930, this twelve-story Frank B. Simpson designed steel-framed building was constructed by The Capital Club, a prominent Raleigh men's social organization, in the tradition of the Chicago skyscrapers of its era. Pairing classical form with Art Deco accents, the building visually expresses the propriety and high hopes of the 1920's. It underwent a thorough restoration in 1992 and has been listed in the National Register of Historic Places since December 5, 1985.
Chartered in 1885 and opened atop the Historic Capital Club Building in 1930, the Capital Club's Grand Ballroom was the hub of Raleigh's political, financial, and social life for many decades. The Grand Ballroom was further renovated in 2005. It now showcases its original hardwood floors, 14+ foot ceilings and art deco moldings as they were in 1930.
The result: an historic, stunning and elegantly beautiful penthouse floor with panoramic views of downtown Raleigh and beyond. With its open floor plan and adjoining boardrooms, The Grand Ballroom is as functional as it is aesthetically pleasing.
Operated by Historic Venues, LLC, this unique venue can be transformed to meet the needs of nearly any event and ensure that it is one to remember. The Grand Ballroom can accommodate events ranging from private boardroom meetings to larger receptions, dinners, parties, fundraisers and weddings for up to 150 guests.
A brief history of the Historic Capital Club Building, home of the 'The grand ballroom'
Built in 1930, this twelve-story Frank B. Simpson designed steel-framed structure was constructed by The Capital Club, a prominent Raleigh men's social organization, in the tradition of the Chicago skyscrapers of its era. Pairing classical form with Art Deco accents, the building visually expresses the propriety and high hopes of the 1920's. It underwent a thorough restoration in 1992 and has been listed in the National Register of Historic Places since December 5, 1985. The Grand Ballroom situated on the top floor was renovated in 2005. It now showcases its original hardwood floors and art deco moldings as it was in its original state.
The Capital Club was chartered in 1885 for "literary and social purposes." In 1898, it purchased the corner of Martin and Salisbury Streets for $4,500 and built a three-story house. By 1928, the building was razed to begin the twelve-story Capital Club Building. Frank B. Simpson was the architect. When the building opened in 1930, 80 percent of its 40,000 square feet of office space was occupied.
After two years and a cost of $280,000, the Capital Club Building opened on November 14, 1930. The top three floors were used for the Capital Club: billiards room, four card rooms, gymnasium, locker rooms, and showers on the 10th; reading room, club lounge, men's and women's rest rooms on the 11th; and a combination dining and ballroom, service kitchen, and the tiled and trellised roof garden on the 12th.
A Raleigh gentleman visits the basement barber shop of the Capital Club Building for his morning shave, a trim, and the latest local scoop from his barber. He stops by his eighth floor office for messages, and then he's off for a final fitting with his tailor on the third floor and a late morning appointment with his broker on the sixth floor.
Promptly at noon, he meets his wife for luncheon at the Capital Club Dining Room on the twelfth floor. It's a spring day, so they decide to dine outside on the trellised roof garden. Before strolling to the Capitol for an afternoon committee meeting, he stops in the Club's reading lounge for his paper and a panatela.
When completed in 1930, the Capital Club Building represented an era of elegance-in style, in comfort, and in convenience. At the same time, it offered its gentlemen members and guests the luxury of its splendid features and facilities: solid oak doors, with gleaming gold gilt windows, leading into spacious suites of offices; the warmth of oak in the trim and the moldings; high ceilings and tall windows providing abundant natural light; specialty shops in the lobby serving both tenants and the public. All of this was located conveniently at the hub of Raleigh's political, financial, and social life.
The Historic Capital Club Building was completely restored in 1985. After 45 years, this distinct historic structure was restored to its original glory and was put on the National Register of Historic Places.
Make your event standout from the rest
Let The Grand Ballroom serve as the iconic location for your important event. Situated in the heart of downtown Raleigh on the twelfth floor of the Historic Capital Club Building, The Grand Ballroom is the perfect location for meetings, presentations, corporate events, holiday parties, weddings, receptions, fundraisers, anniversary parties and Bar/Bat Mitzvahs.
The Grand Ballroom can accommodate up to 150 guests. Tables and chairs are available for rent upon request. Facility rates vary based on the time of year, day of the week and the number of hours the facility is needed.
Let The Grand Ballroom serve as the unique location for your company's next event. Situated in the heart of downtown Raleigh on the twelfth floor of the Historic Capital Club Building, The Grand Ballroom is well positioned as a corporate space for meetings and presentations, as well as holiday parties and other corporate social events. The main room offers panoramic views of downtown Raleigh and tremendous flexibility of use. The Grand Ballroom has open space, two conference/board rooms and flex space that can be utilized for events ranging from intimate retreats, staff, and board meetings to larger meeting space with breakout rooms.
The Grand Ballroom is suitable for nearly any kind of special event, from holiday to birthday and anniversary parties to fundraisers. With its historical elegance, the open floor plan and neutral dÃ©cor afford event hosts a wide range of layout and decoration options. Events can be customized further with use of entertainers and other vendors of choice.
The Grand Ballroom is situated atop the Historic Capital Club Building in one of the few venues that offers panoramic views of downtown Raleigh. Let us provide the location for you and your guests to enjoy the elegance of a bygone era. The Grand Ballroom can be the venue for your wedding, wedding reception, bridal luncheon, and bridal shower, as well as your bridal photo shoot before your special day. Rental of The Grand Ballroom includes full use of the ballroom and entire 12th floor, as well as a special bride/bridesmaid suite on the 11th floor.
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Architect Frank B. Simpson designed this skyscraper for the Capital Club, one of the oldest prominent men's organizations in the South. The building juxtaposes Art Deco motifs with a classically derived building form, and the twelfth-floor ballroom contains the finest example of Art Deco plasterwork remaining in the city.
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The Grand Ballroom atop the Historic Capital Club Building Located in Downtown Raleigh 16 West Martin Street Raleigh, NC 27601
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