Main Street Station opened in 1901 as “one of the most architecturally attractive stations in the nation.” It is located downtown in Shockoe Botton off of Main Street. The area is experiencing a great overhaul and I am so excited to see what Richmond does.
The shed is larger than a football field. It is 47,000 Square Feet. The room is 500 feet long by 100 feet wide with 270 degree clear views. This world class event space consists of enclosed glass walls that give amazing views of downtown Richmond. The floor has places where you can see the train tracks, and there is a large balcony off the back. There are so many things that can be done in this space. The glass walls are a huge bonus, the open floor plan, and all of the fun features make this an event space that will be hard to compete with. The space can hold 3,000 people, 2,000 for a seated dinner.
In addition to the shed there is the clock tower train station. This building is as iconic as it is gorgeous. In the 1990s there was a major restoration project underway that restored this French Renaissance architecture to it’s original grandeur. This is where you will get some amazing photos. The stations occupancy is 728, if you are to host an event that involves dancing, dinner, etc. the occupancy is 393.
There is a space down below that is great for smaller events. While we were there they were setting up for an art show. This space is more industrial, on the ground floor, and is the smallest of the three.
Out back, where the balcony over looks, there are plans to buildout an outdoor plaza. This will be great as a tented event space for a variety of things. They are also building out a commercial kitchen that will have it’s own conveying system to the train shed event space above.
This space is best suited for an event that has a large guest count, a substantial budget, and a great design team. I have already redone this space about one hundred times in my mind and it just keeps getting better. It is a historical venue so the historical rules do apply. No balloons, nothing stuck to the building, no fire, etc. This is also a perfect location for corporate events, galas, and conventions. The train station is a working Amtrak station so there wont’ be any issues getting your guests to the event. However, you will need to check the train schedules and make sure one won’t be pulling in during your vows.
You can learn more about the venue here
The images are provided by Sarah from Sknow Photo
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