Columbia University

University Event Management is an on-campus resource for coordinating events, catering service and technical support including the venues of Lerner Hall, Low Library, Faculty House and outdoor grounds.

Conference Services

Conference Services facilitates events for students, faculty, staff and guests. Our experienced and knowledgeable staff of event planners, coordinators and venue managers work together and with other University departments to create and execute events large and small, each designed specially to meet the needs of our clients. Whether the event is held in another campus location or in one of our venues, the Conference Services team will provide dedicated support to bring every event to life.

Joseph Ricciutti Executive Director 212-854-6612

The West Harlem Development Corporation administers in-kind space requests at Columbia University offered to the community through the Community Benefits Agreement.

If your West Harlem based nonprofit or public school and in need of space, please contact:

West Harlem Development Corporation, 423 West 127th Street, Suite A
New York, NY 10027
(646) 476-3394


Union Theological Seminary – Space Rentals

The Seminary welcomes space reservations for conferences, retreats, business presentations, board meetings, dinners, and weddings. Three large welcoming rooms are available for rental: the Social Hall, the Refectory and James Chapel. We also offer superb in-house catering services. Union Theological Seminary is a residential and educational community Therefore, an 11:30 p.m. curfew on music is enforced, and guests are requested to remain in the vicinity of their event.

Rooms are rented for an 8-hour period (consisting of five (5) hours for event and three (3) hours for clean up). Each additional hour will be charged at $500.00/hr. All rooms require a $500.00 refundable deposit to confirm the reservation. Cancellations made fewer than four (4) months before the event will result in forfeiture of the entire deposit, unless the space can be rented again. (Full refund can be arranged only if notice of cancellation is received one month in advance). Full payment of room rental fees is due 60 days in advance of the event.

For questions about space rentals, please contact the Director of Housing and Campus Services. For more information about wedding rentals in particular, see Castle Morningside.

Social Hall

The Social Hall is located on the ground floor of the Seminary overlooking the Quadrangle garden. Suitable for receptions, cocktail parties and weddings, it has a natural oak floor and linen white walls.

Area: 2,600 sq. ft.
Capacity: 134 people

Quadrangle Garden

The Seminary Quadrangle Garden is a popular place to gather for a pre-conference reception or a small wedding.


The Refectory on the second floor of the Seminary also overlooks the Quadrangle garden. With its dark wood paneling, and forty-foot arched, beam ceiling it is suitable for formal dinners, buffets, and receptions.

Area: 2960 sq. ft.
Capacity: 160 people
(maximum 160 on the dance floor)

*Please note that the Refectory is not wheelchair accessible.

James Memorial Chapel

James Memorial Chapel is a non-denominational chapel built at the turn of the century and renovated in 1980. The Chapel has a pitched wooden “angel” ceiling supported by stone pillars, a gray slate floor, and colorful stained glass windows. One of these windows depicts “The Risen Christ” and the remaining windows are patterns of color. James Chapel combines the beauty of Gothic form with flexibility. Its movable chairs and large stage area may be arranged in various configurations to accommodate a variety of events, from weddings and conferences to theatrical pieces and art shows.

Area: 4,120 sq. ft.
Seating Capacity: 250 people


Cathedral of St. John The Divine – Space Rentals

Event and Facility Rentals

The Cathedral welcomes inquiries about use of its capacious and dramatic spaces for corporate and not-for-profit events and facility rentals.

While the Cathedral primarily serves its diverse communities, its history, architecture, and capability to seat more guests than many Broadway theaters make it a highly desirable New York City event and performance venue, with the capacity to accommodate the finest arts professionals from around the world. When not in use for its own programming, the Cathedral is pleased to consider requests for public and private events.

For details, please contact Isadora Wilkenfeld at (212) 316-7468 or email at


Riverside Church Rentals and Services

Organizations and individuals looking to hold weddings, receptions, concerts, rehearsals, conferences, video productions and meetings in a unique public space will feel right at home at The Riverside Church.

We offer a wonderful blend of history and architectural design which translates beautifully to the many locations within the building. This historic landmark provides both grand and intimate spaces and some premium amenities from staging to working fireplaces, all lending warmth and ambience to your special event. We also provide in house catering, dressing rooms, event planners and floral options.


International House

If you’re looking for the perfect location for an upcoming wedding, concert, reception or meeting, look no further than International House.

International House offers several public spaces, each with a unique feel, making it the perfect location for your upcoming event. Alumni of International House receive a discount on all public room rentals.

Rooms available for rental include the Dodge Room, the Edmonds Room (Home Room), the Hall of History (Davis Hall Foyer) and Davis Hall.

Because space is limited and the House is committed to providing its residents the highest quality experience, the House gives preference to those events that are most compatible with its mission. The House’s academic and summer programs receive priority for all facilities at all times. Because International House is a private residence, all events must end by 11 p.m.

Available Rooms

Davis Hall features a New England-style interior, hardwood floors, a crystal chandelier, and a skylight. This space seats 250 people banquet style or 300 theater-style on the main floor with an additional 225 seats in the balcony. Davis Hall offers a grand piano, full proscenium stage with sound system and lighting. It is ideal for wedding receptions, gala dinners and large speaker events.

The Foyer off Davis Hall, better known as “The Hall of History”, is decorated with memorabilia from International House’s 80 plus-year history and serves as a lovely space for cocktails in conjunction with events in adjacent Davis Hall or the Home Room.                         

The Edmonds Room, known to most alumni and residents as the Home Room, overlooking Grant’s Tomb, is decorated with rare Chinese tapestries. The room has a capacity of 60. With a grand piano, this room is suitable for recitals, rehearsals, receptions and seminars.

The Cleveland Dodge Room, handsomely paneled and furnished, serves as a wonderful study center for residents off of the Main Lounge. With a capacity of 60, it provides a distinguished setting for small meetings and conferences.

Procedures for Renting a Public Room

If you are interested in hosting an event at I-House, please call Claribel Pavlik at 212-316-8453 or email her at