The Space at 501 Union
1,400 sq ft of mingling room around a 15 ft Carrara marble top bar, detailed woodwork, brass fixtures, and a lustrous white tin ceiling lit with suspended pendant fixtures on dimmers.
1,400 sq ft covered atrium with seasonal plantings and walls of glass that open up to Union Street. This area is ideal for ceremony seating and socializing extending from the lounge.
3,500 sq ft space featuring a lofted ceiling with a custom-built 50 ft skylight and 15ft Carrara marble top bar. Wrapped in exposed brick and hardwoods, the room is illuminated by Jason Miller Modo chandeliers and sconces on individual dimmers.
The kitchen is equipped with the following: a commercial-grade convection oven, a double-door chest refrigerator, a chest freezer (7 cu. ft.), a three-compartment sink, and an ice machine (80 lb. storage). There is over 100 sq. ft. workable counter space.
Frequently Asked Questions
What is the capacity of 501 Union?
Fully-seated wedding ceremony: 144 in the covered atrium; or up to 250 in main space, depending on furniture
Fully-seated dinner with dance floor: 140-160 depending on furniture & layout choices
Cocktail party: 200-250 depending on limited seating, stage, and dance floor layout
Standing-room only or conference events: 299
What is the rental fee for a wedding or event?
Our venue rental rates vary based on the day of the week and the time of year. For a detailed quote, please contact us.
How do I book a date?
To secure your date: we require a signed contract, 50% venue deposit, plus $1,000 security deposit (returned after the event).
When can vendors & guests be present onsite?
Vendor load-in can begin as early as 9am and end as late as 2am. Events usually last 4.5-6 hours onsite between guest arrival, ceremony, cocktail hour, and the close of the bar. Your timeline will be confirmed with your Venue Coordinator a month before the event.
What is your cancellation policy?
If you cancel up to 1 year prior to your scheduled event, you will receive your venue deposit and security deposit, minus a $4,000 non-refundable booking fee. The venue deposit will not be refunded if you cancel within 1 year of your event date. The security deposit will be returned within 15 business days.
Are there any restrictions on vendors I can use?
Our only exclusive vendor is with Broadway Party Rentals for flatware, kitchen items, linens, etc. You may use the vendors of your choice for all other services. Please see our list of preferred caterers who we trust to provide excellent service. Our full preferred vendor list is available upon request.
Am I allowed to use my own bartenders or have my caterer provide bar service?
No. Beverage service at 501 Union will be exclusively provided through our in-house bar program. There are several tiers and options to cater to different needs of our clients.
What other services or items do you provide?
501 Union provides bar packages, in-house table and chair rentals and basic audio visual needs.
Do you have any other rental spaces?
The Green Building is our sister event space across the street from 501 Union.
Does the building have heat and A/C?
Yes. 501 Union has central heat and air conditioning in the lounge and main space. Please note the covered atrium is not centrally climate controlled.
Is there a dressing area/green room on-site?
Yes, there is one private suite in the rear of the venue. The private suite is equipped with a restroom.
How many restrooms are there?
There are eight restrooms. One restroom in the lounge, six restrooms off the main space, and one restroom in the private suite. All are private, unisex, and wheelchair-accessible.
Where do my guests park?
Street parking is available in the neighborhood. Valet companies are also available for hire.
Is the building wheelchair accessible?
Is 501 Union pet friendly?
Yes. Pets on leash are permitted in the space during the ceremony with prior approval. We kindly request that following the ceremony the pet be escorted home.
Do I need to provide my own insurance?
Yes. We require a certificate of insurance for each event.
Am I responsible for clean up?
Yes, your vendors must be contracted to complete the following breakdown procedures immediately following your event:
All centerpieces, candles, and additional décor must be removed or thrown away offsite.
Tables and chairs must be folded and stacked. 501 Union rentals must be separated from any outside rentals.
All items must be removed from the private suite.
Broadway Party Rental items must be back in the original crates for pick-up. Linens must be bagged and consolidated with rentals.
All food items must be removed from the kitchen.
All trash must be bagged and removed from the venue at the close of the event.
Do I need to hire an event planner or coordinator?
You are required to hire a day-of-coordinator, event planner or provide a trusted, sober contact as the point person for vendors on site on the day of your event.
Is smoking or vaping allowed?
There is no smoking or vaping allowed inside any area of 501 Union.
Are candles allowed?
Yes. Please note candles must be contained in votives or lanterns. Open flames and taper candles are not allowed.
Audio & Visual System Specs
Integrated in-house sound system
Three stereo XLR access points throughout the space to allow for staging flexibility
Independent volume control between rooms (lounge, covered atrium, main space)
Two wireless microphones with stands
High-definition projector with projector screen
An in-house audio technician may be required for live music performances (additional fees will apply)
Bands may perform until midnight; DJs until 1am
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What is included in your rental fee?
Cleaning before and after the event
Pre-event support Manager
Day-of-event staff including a Venue Coordinator, Operations Manager, and Host
Private Events Manager:
Your main point of contact throughout the planning process beginning with contract signing through security deposit return. Their duties include answering all questions and concerns in advance of your event, scheduling vendor site visits, conducting the final walk through with you and your caterer, assisting with floor plans, handling in-house furniture rental needs, and finalizing details regarding any additional 501 packages.
The Venue Coordinator is assigned to you at the final walk through and is the point of contact for all things related to the venue on the day of the event. They will open the building, direct vendors and deliveries to the proper areas, and make sure the venue is in tip-top shape to begin set-up.
The Operations Manager arrives an hour before guest arrival and remains onsite during the event and through event breakdown. They liaise with vendors to ensure compliance with venue regulations and oversee facility operations such as heating, cooling, lighting, and sound.
The Host greets your guests as they arrive.
*Additional staff based on final headcount and event hours may be billed separately if needed
In-House Furniture Rentals
Furniture included with your venue rental