Stepping Outside Of The Box
Phoenix, Arizona is filled with first-rate event venues. There are amazing hotels, wonderful spaces at restaurants and a handful of conference centers. Although nice, there is little variety in the available spaces. A ballroom is really just a ballroom. What is a planner to do in need of a unique venue? Something perhaps a little less polished? Well, we venture downtown.
Downtown Phoenix offers many historic and raw spaces for the planner looking to go outside of the ballroom box. None of these spaces were built to be event venues, they just happen to have enough space to hold events. Working with a non-traditional venue also provides freedom. “Our spaces are like blank canvases, but with a ton of character.” said Riëtte Bartlett, Owner and Senior Event Coordinator at Downtown Phoenix Venues. The company wants you to work with their caterers who are familiar with these venues, but invites you to work with your vendors for anything else to make the event your own.
Legend City Studios is one of the smaller venues. It is truly beautiful with tons of exposed brick, a 12-foot ceiling and polished concrete floors. It is an ideal venue for up to 100 guests.
Legend City Studios
Perhaps one of the most raw spaces is the Icehouse Art Project. As the name indicates, the venue started its life in 1910 as an icehouse, manufacturing 300lb ice blocks for use in the food industry, primarily to keep produce cold as it was shipped by railroad to Eastern U.S. cities. The space has been transformed into a unique facility holding up to 400 guests for an event.
The Icehouse Art Project
One of the largest spaces is the Bentley Projects with more than 20,000 square feet of space to accommodate groups of up to 1,000.
Bartlett’s business, Downtown Phoenix Venues works with historic venues in the Phoenix Downtown area, and helps planners find the perfect location for their event. Downtown offers many other event venues, from hotels to museums, but for a truly unique and memorable event venue contact Downtown Phoenix Venues.
Contact Downtown Phoenix Venues for any of the venues described above and more.
Photographs courtesy of the venues and downtownphoenixvenues.com.
- Al Wynant