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