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Westminster Hall

Baltimore , MD

LOCATION

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

PHONE

410-706-2072

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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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Laura
Wedding:
2/20/2016
5.0/5.0
Westminster Hall was the perfect setting for our wedding. I really wanted to get married in a church and this place was gorgeous. My husband and I stumbled across this place one afternoon after visiting Edgar Allen Poe's gravesite. We saw that they were taking tables inside the church and we peeked around to see the interior. It was breath taking. The staff was so wonderful to work with and very accommodating. There is a list of rules to follow when you rent this place, but the staff of Westminster Hall were very eager and helpful in finding solutions for your needs and still keep the integrity of this historic building. We opted for the organist to play for our ceremony. It was an additional expense but totally worth it. The music bellowing from those pipes gave me chills as I walked down the aisle. We also opted for the tour guide to show our guests the grounds and the catacombs during our cocktail hour. They loved it! They thought it was really great and they were so excited to hear about the history of the permanent members who reside there. Mary Jo and her staff were so wonderful, professional and genuinely happy for us. Would I get married there again? In a heartbeat!
Westminster Hall was the perfect setting for our wedding. I really wanted to get married in a church and this place was Read more...
Westminster Hall was the perfect setting for our wedding. I really wanted to get married in a church and this place was gorgeous. My husband and I stumbled across this place one afternoon after visiting Edgar Allen Poe's gravesite. We saw that they were taking tables inside the church and we peeked around to see the interior. It was breath taking. The staff was so wonderful to work with and very accommodating. There is a list of rules to follow when you rent this place, but the staff of Westminster Hall were very eager and helpful in finding solutions for your needs and still keep the integrity of this historic building. We opted for the organist to play for our ceremony. It was an additional expense but totally worth it. The music bellowing from those pipes gave me chills as I walked down the aisle. We also opted for the tour guide to show our guests the grounds and the catacombs during our cocktail hour. They loved it! They thought it was really great and they were so excited to hear about the history of the permanent members who reside there. Mary Jo and her staff were so wonderful, professional and genuinely happy for us. Would I get married there again? In a heartbeat! Read less
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Shane
Wedding:
10/3/2015
5.0/5.0
Greta place to have an event and great looking location in downtown Baltimore. Couldn't ask for a better place to have both a ceremony and reception.
Greta place to have an event and great looking location in downtown Baltimore. Couldn't ask for a better place to have Read more...
Greta place to have an event and great looking location in downtown Baltimore. Couldn't ask for a better place to have both a ceremony and reception. Read less
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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!

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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:
2+ years 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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