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Westminster Hall

Baltimore , MD

LOCATION

500 West Baltimore Street
Baltimore, MD 21201 US (map)

PHONE

410-706-2072

WEBSITE

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ABOUT US

Westminster Hall is a beautiful historic building located at the intersection of Greene and Fayette Streets in downtown Baltimore. The exterior of the Hall retains its early Gothic... Read more
Westminster Hall is a beautiful historic building located at the intersection of Greene and Fayette Streets in downtown Baltimore. The exterior of the Hall retains its early Gothic Revival appearance and the interior is a blend of the old and new with a tiered stage, elegant stained glass windows, balconies, a fully restored 1882 Johnson pipe organ, dressing room for weddings, a service kitchen, and plenty of room for all kinds of celebrations! The Hall can accommodate up to 250 guests, but is still intimate enough for a group as small as 50. Both your Wedding Ceremony and Reception can be conveniently held in our beautiful Hall – in this case the Hall can comfortably accommodate up to 175 people, including the Bridal Party.

History of the Building and Grounds: Westminster Hall, formerly Westminster Presbyterian Church, was completed in 1852 - more than 60 years after the Westminster Burying Grounds were established. The Burying Grounds are the final resting place of many famous people, including Edgar Allan Poe, General Sam Smith, and General James McHenry, not to mention many other important figures essential to the founding of both Baltimore and the United States. To avoid disturbing the existing graves, the original church building was constructed on brick piers above some of the tombs, creating catacombs, which can be toured by visitors. The church’s congregation disbanded in 1977 and the Westminster Preservation Trust, Inc., a non-profit organization, was established to take care of the building and the grounds. The Trust was able to raise more than $1.7 million for the renovation of the building, which was completed in 1983. The renovated building is now used as a rental facility and is the perfect place to hold a unique and memorable event!

For a copy of our Rules and Regulations, List of Approved Caterers, and/or to schedule an appointment to see our Hall in person, please contact us today!

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INFO FOR WEDDING VENUE

When was your venue built?
1852
When was your venue last renovated?
1983
Describe your venue:
Banquet Hall, Historic Site
Describe the style of your venue
Other
What wedding services does your venue provide?
Ceremony, Reception
What is the maximum capacity of your venue?
250
How many event spaces or rooms does your venue offer?
1
Does your venue offer an indoor space?
Yes
Does your venue offer a covered outdoor space?
No
Does your venue offer an uncovered outdoor space?
Yes
Does your venue have on-site accommodations?
No
What is the minimum rental fee for your venue?
1
Bar Service
Outside vendors welcome
Beverage Service
Outside vendors welcome
Catering
Outside vendors welcome
Event Coordination
Outside vendors welcome
Event Rentals
Outside vendors welcome
Lighting and Sound
Outside vendors welcome
Linens
Outside vendors welcome
Seating
Offered in-house, Outside vendors welcome
Is seating included in the minimum rental fee?
No
Shuttle / Transportation
Outside vendors welcome
Wedding Cake
Outside vendors welcome

REVIEWS

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Private User
Wedding:
11/8/2014
5.0/5.0
We used this hall for our wedding ceremony. Since we only used it for a few hours they were able to accommodate us on a short notice. They were very easy to work with and the venue was beautiful. If you can get the venue use it.
We used this hall for our wedding ceremony. Since we only used it for a few hours they were able to accommodate us on a Read more...
We used this hall for our wedding ceremony. Since we only used it for a few hours they were able to accommodate us on a short notice. They were very easy to work with and the venue was beautiful. If you can get the venue use it. Read less
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Katherine
Wedding:
10/25/2014
5.0/5.0
My husband and I had a vintage glam/Halloween wedding on Oct 25th 2014. Westminster Hall in the heart of downtown Baltimore where Poe is buried in a surrounding graveyard and where you can have catacomb tours for your guests was the perfect choice! We actually only looked at Westminster Hall - there was no need to look anywhere else. The inside of the hall is gorgeous and lends itself to being glammed up and partied in. They have a great organ that sounds so awesome when played for the ceremony.

My two problems which probably just needed more preparation on my end is that the acoustics in the hall echoed so the music the DJ was playing didn't always sound the best - I think you need to have a test run to figure out how to solve this problem. The other issue is that during my wedding random tourists were coming into the cemetery where we were having the cocktail hour and doing pics. Westminster Hall is a popular tourist spot in Baltimore and so I think I should have addressed with the Hall that I wanted someone to keep tourists from coming in and out - that made me uncomfortable. If they wanted they could have just joined the party and gotten some food and no one may have noticed!
My husband and I had a vintage glam/Halloween wedding on Oct 25th 2014. Westminster Hall in the heart of downtown Read more...
My husband and I had a vintage glam/Halloween wedding on Oct 25th 2014. Westminster Hall in the heart of downtown Baltimore where Poe is buried in a surrounding graveyard and where you can have catacomb tours for your guests was the perfect choice! We actually only looked at Westminster Hall - there was no need to look anywhere else. The inside of the hall is gorgeous and lends itself to being glammed up and partied in. They have a great organ that sounds so awesome when played for the ceremony.

My two problems which probably just needed more preparation on my end is that the acoustics in the hall echoed so the music the DJ was playing didn't always sound the best - I think you need to have a test run to figure out how to solve this problem. The other issue is that during my wedding random tourists were coming into the cemetery where we were having the cocktail hour and doing pics. Westminster Hall is a popular tourist spot in Baltimore and so I think I should have addressed with the Hall that I wanted someone to keep tourists from coming in and out - that made me uncomfortable. If they wanted they could have just joined the party and gotten some food and no one may have noticed! Read less
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Jackie
Wedding:
10/18/2014
5.0/5.0
AWESOME AWESOME venue site!! We wanted a true Baltimore themed wedding and this didn't fail us!! Our guests (and US) loved every part of this venue!! Thank you again for providing such a warm, inviting and historic venue to make our wedding day perfect!

Jackie and Kevin Heffner
AWESOME AWESOME venue site!! We wanted a true Baltimore themed wedding and this didn't fail us!! Our guests (and US) loved Read more...
AWESOME AWESOME venue site!! We wanted a true Baltimore themed wedding and this didn't fail us!! Our guests (and US) loved every part of this venue!! Thank you again for providing such a warm, inviting and historic venue to make our wedding day perfect!

Jackie and Kevin Heffner Read less
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Becki
Wedding:
12/28/2013
5.0/5.0
We had the organ played and also had tours of the Catacombs during the cocktail hour. Everyone enjoyed these aspects and it made the reception very fun.
We had the organ played and also had tours of the Catacombs during the cocktail hour. Everyone enjoyed these aspects and Read more...
We had the organ played and also had tours of the Catacombs during the cocktail hour. Everyone enjoyed these aspects and it made the reception very fun. Read less
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Rachael
Wedding:
6/1/2013
5.0/5.0
The hunt for a wedding venue was over the second I set foot in Westminster Hall. The floor to ceiling stained glass, massive pipe organ as the focus of the room and unique architecture sealed the deal for me. It was only after I fell in love with the look of the venue that I found out all the other perks: great air conditioning for the humid June 1 date we had set, fabulous staff that were responsive and wonderful to work with and even tours of the catacombs during cocktail hour as an option (this was a HUGE hit with our guests). Mary Jo took care of any questions I had so promptly and was so sweet and there was a building manager there the entire day of to help with everything we needed. We are so pleased we found Westminster Hall. It was a beautiful day and was in no small part due to our venue.
The hunt for a wedding venue was over the second I set foot in Westminster Hall. The floor to ceiling stained glass, Read more...
The hunt for a wedding venue was over the second I set foot in Westminster Hall. The floor to ceiling stained glass, massive pipe organ as the focus of the room and unique architecture sealed the deal for me. It was only after I fell in love with the look of the venue that I found out all the other perks: great air conditioning for the humid June 1 date we had set, fabulous staff that were responsive and wonderful to work with and even tours of the catacombs during cocktail hour as an option (this was a HUGE hit with our guests). Mary Jo took care of any questions I had so promptly and was so sweet and there was a building manager there the entire day of to help with everything we needed. We are so pleased we found Westminster Hall. It was a beautiful day and was in no small part due to our venue. Read less
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Anonymous
Wedding:
1+ year ago
4.6/5.0
When my fiance and I first walked into Westminster Hall - he fell in love with it! It was super unique and perfect for our wedding!! We met with Chris several times and he is a super nice guy!! Mary Jo also did a great job coordinating with us throughout the process. Their pricing structure is a bit weird but that's because its a non-profit and Mary Jo does a good job of explaining everything.

Make sure you ask for Bruce during your wedding! He was super amazing!!! What a personable guy and he just let us do our thing and stayed out of the way yet was very helpful throughout the entire event! Westminster is absolutely BEAUTIFUL so its worth the money!! The red pillars do stick out in photos but if you get the right photographers - they can mask that. I would highly recommend hiring an organist - it was super dramatic and gave the ceremony a very "traditional" affect which is what we both liked.

My only main criticism and the reason why I marked Westminster down for flexibility was their 5 hour maximum renting rule. I don't know if this could even be changed but it is entirely too short of a time for a wedding venue!! I would have paid extra for more time and despite the AMAZING event and duration - I was left still hyper and dancing while we had to leave. Otherwise, book this venue!! They are truly great. The value is worth it - you just have to pay a little more for table/chair rental but its okay - I promise you the history of this place will have your guests talking about your wedding for a very long time!!
When my fiance and I first walked into Westminster Hall - he fell in love with it! It was super unique and perfect for our Read more...
When my fiance and I first walked into Westminster Hall - he fell in love with it! It was super unique and perfect for our wedding!! We met with Chris several times and he is a super nice guy!! Mary Jo also did a great job coordinating with us throughout the process. Their pricing structure is a bit weird but that's because its a non-profit and Mary Jo does a good job of explaining everything.

Make sure you ask for Bruce during your wedding! He was super amazing!!! What a personable guy and he just let us do our thing and stayed out of the way yet was very helpful throughout the entire event! Westminster is absolutely BEAUTIFUL so its worth the money!! The red pillars do stick out in photos but if you get the right photographers - they can mask that. I would highly recommend hiring an organist - it was super dramatic and gave the ceremony a very "traditional" affect which is what we both liked.

My only main criticism and the reason why I marked Westminster down for flexibility was their 5 hour maximum renting rule. I don't know if this could even be changed but it is entirely too short of a time for a wedding venue!! I would have paid extra for more time and despite the AMAZING event and duration - I was left still hyper and dancing while we had to leave. Otherwise, book this venue!! They are truly great. The value is worth it - you just have to pay a little more for table/chair rental but its okay - I promise you the history of this place will have your guests talking about your wedding for a very long time!! Read less
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Meredith
Wedding:
9/22/2012
5.0/5.0
The folks at Westminster Hall were very easy to work with, returned calls and emailed back quickly. The venue was beautiful, clean, and available to us when we needed it. A wonderful place for a wedding and a party!
The folks at Westminster Hall were very easy to work with, returned calls and emailed back quickly. The venue was Read more...
The folks at Westminster Hall were very easy to work with, returned calls and emailed back quickly. The venue was beautiful, clean, and available to us when we needed it. A wonderful place for a wedding and a party! Read less
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Jessica
Wedding:
8/17/2012
4.9/5.0
Absolutely stunning. Made the wedding planning process so easy. It was a little pricey, but we loved it.
Absolutely stunning. Made the wedding planning process so easy. It was a little pricey, but we loved it.
Absolutely stunning. Made the wedding planning process so easy. It was a little pricey, but we loved it. Read less
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bmorebride
Wedding:
6/25/2011
4.6/5.0
Westminster Hall was absolutely perfect for us as a ceremony AND reception site. The hall itself is incredible-- the organ, the original oak floors, the cartacombs, the second "tier," the balcony. Everything is so unique and perfect for making a special day.

If you book this hall for your reception, though, know that you are ONLY booking the hall. Some venues provide contact people who work as mini coordinators, but Westminster does not. Joanne was so nice and answered our questions well up to the day of the event, letting us do walk-throughs and meeting with us. But the day of the event, there was one person there to unlock the door and lock it at the end. (I preferred it this way, since my caterer and DOC took care of everything, I just thought that it should be said).

It's also nice that they only do one wedding a day, and you have the hall for up to four hours before the event begins for set up. We also left things like the favors, table number signs, and guest book there Friday night after the rehearsal, which made it easy on everyone.

I couldn't imagine getting married anywhere else. Just perfect.
Westminster Hall was absolutely perfect for us as a ceremony AND reception site. The hall itself is incredible-- the Read more...
Westminster Hall was absolutely perfect for us as a ceremony AND reception site. The hall itself is incredible-- the organ, the original oak floors, the cartacombs, the second "tier," the balcony. Everything is so unique and perfect for making a special day.

If you book this hall for your reception, though, know that you are ONLY booking the hall. Some venues provide contact people who work as mini coordinators, but Westminster does not. Joanne was so nice and answered our questions well up to the day of the event, letting us do walk-throughs and meeting with us. But the day of the event, there was one person there to unlock the door and lock it at the end. (I preferred it this way, since my caterer and DOC took care of everything, I just thought that it should be said).

It's also nice that they only do one wedding a day, and you have the hall for up to four hours before the event begins for set up. We also left things like the favors, table number signs, and guest book there Friday night after the rehearsal, which made it easy on everyone.

I couldn't imagine getting married anywhere else. Just perfect. Read less
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Arianne
Wedding:
10/23/2010
4.8/5.0
I love all things goth and dark. Halloween is my favorite holiday. I wanted a non-traditional ceremony/reception for my wedding and Westminster Hall was the best choice. I had a beautiful wedding in a graveyard setting (sort of) which is exactly what I wanted. It was perfect for me and my black/goth theme.

Bruce was our staff person for the rehearsal and the wedding. He went above and beyond his duties for our wedding. He helped unload our decorations, alcohol, etc. the night of the rehearsal. He was also very patient when we went over the one hour time limit by 20 minutes. The night of the wedding, Bruce helped with clean up and loading. He was right there to direct the hearse (my transportation) to a secured parking spot. Bruce did an outstanding job.

I wouldn't call them complaints, but here are the reasons why I gave Westminster Hall a 4.8/5.0: I wanted my wedding date to be October 30 (All Hallow's Eve) but the Edgar Allen Poe Society books it every year for their annual Halloween bash. Not really anyone's fault, and I most definitely understand the significance. My other problem is the rental time limit. I don't understand why there is a 5 hour time limit. My wedding started at 7pm, and I would've paid for an additional 1-2 hours to make it last longer.

Overall, I am extremely happy with this venue. My guests loved it. "Unique" was the most popular word to describe my wedding, just what I was going for. They said it was "me" all the way. It was beautiful (especially at night). Although the rental fee turned out to be more than we wanted to spend on the venue, it was well worth it. It kind of evens things out, though. Having the ceremony at the hall cut the costs of having it at a church.

If you're having a Halloween/Goth wedding, Westminster Hall is the perfect place! Don't get me wrong, it's also perfect for other events, as well. The Johnson pipe organ still plays beautifully. The stained-glass windows and lighting surrounding the venue make a romantic setting.

My nephew (3 yrs. old) was the ring bearer. He refused to walk down the aisle and cried pretty much the whole time because he said the "flying man" was bothering him. He also kept saying he didn't like "the downstairs" (no one told my nephew about the catacombs underneath the building and he was never taken down there). So, if you believe in ghosts, this may not be the best place for children. It spooked quite a few people out that night. My family is still talking about the ghosts of Westminster Hall. I loved it!
I love all things goth and dark. Halloween is my favorite holiday. I wanted a non-traditional ceremony/reception for my Read more...
I love all things goth and dark. Halloween is my favorite holiday. I wanted a non-traditional ceremony/reception for my wedding and Westminster Hall was the best choice. I had a beautiful wedding in a graveyard setting (sort of) which is exactly what I wanted. It was perfect for me and my black/goth theme.

Bruce was our staff person for the rehearsal and the wedding. He went above and beyond his duties for our wedding. He helped unload our decorations, alcohol, etc. the night of the rehearsal. He was also very patient when we went over the one hour time limit by 20 minutes. The night of the wedding, Bruce helped with clean up and loading. He was right there to direct the hearse (my transportation) to a secured parking spot. Bruce did an outstanding job.

I wouldn't call them complaints, but here are the reasons why I gave Westminster Hall a 4.8/5.0: I wanted my wedding date to be October 30 (All Hallow's Eve) but the Edgar Allen Poe Society books it every year for their annual Halloween bash. Not really anyone's fault, and I most definitely understand the significance. My other problem is the rental time limit. I don't understand why there is a 5 hour time limit. My wedding started at 7pm, and I would've paid for an additional 1-2 hours to make it last longer.

Overall, I am extremely happy with this venue. My guests loved it. "Unique" was the most popular word to describe my wedding, just what I was going for. They said it was "me" all the way. It was beautiful (especially at night). Although the rental fee turned out to be more than we wanted to spend on the venue, it was well worth it. It kind of evens things out, though. Having the ceremony at the hall cut the costs of having it at a church.

If you're having a Halloween/Goth wedding, Westminster Hall is the perfect place! Don't get me wrong, it's also perfect for other events, as well. The Johnson pipe organ still plays beautifully. The stained-glass windows and lighting surrounding the venue make a romantic setting.

My nephew (3 yrs. old) was the ring bearer. He refused to walk down the aisle and cried pretty much the whole time because he said the "flying man" was bothering him. He also kept saying he didn't like "the downstairs" (no one told my nephew about the catacombs underneath the building and he was never taken down there). So, if you believe in ghosts, this may not be the best place for children. It spooked quite a few people out that night. My family is still talking about the ghosts of Westminster Hall. I loved it! Read less
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