Grinnell Colleges offers a variety of venues for your events. Some of the most popular are:
- Rosenfield Center
- Harris Center
- Bucksbaum Center for the Arts
- Herrick Chapel
- Athletic Facilities
- Residence Halls/Dorms
The Joe Rosenfield '25 Center, completed in 2006, houses our 700-person dining room, and state-of-the-art Marketplace servery with seven serving areas. During the summer, conferences over 50 people eat in the dining hall for regular meals unless otherwise arranged.
For conferences and meetings, the Rosenfield Center offers six classroom/meeting rooms with extensive audio-visual capabilities and three small seminar rooms.
The premiere event space, Rosenfield 101, is a lovely room filled with wood paneling, windows, and ambient lighting. The open layout allows for multiple uses, including lectures of up to 225 audience members, or banquet seating for 125. The sound system and audio-visual equipment is capable of hosting lectures, presentations or playing recorded music. Hearing boosters are available for the hearing impaired.
Other features of the building include The Spencer Grill, our campus restaurant; the Laurel Leaf Lounge, complete with comfy furniture and fireplace; and the game room.
During the school year, the Harris Center is alive with student activity, but during summer and academic breaks we are pleased to offer these unique spaces to our customers.
The Concert Hall features a recessed stage area and can accommodate up to 550 people using bleacher seating and chairs. Standing room capacity is 700. The flexible space is used quite frequently for wedding receptions up to 300 people, or table arrangements can vary to suit your convention or vendor fair.
A 400-seat cinema auditorium across the hall is a perfect space for large lectures or plenary sessions. Complete with the ability to show videos or PowerPoint presentations, the Cinema features a large projection screen and theatre-style seating.
A lounge area completes the spaces in the Harris Center and may be used to supplement other events in the building.
For large and unique spaces, Bucksbaum Center for the Arts is the place to look. The building, designed by famed architect Cesar Pelli, features a 325-seat recital hall, 450-seat theatre, two black box theatres and four classrooms.
For dramatic workshops and performances, Roberts Theatre, Flanagan Theatre, and Wall Theatre Lab offer flexibility and the atmosphere for practicing and performing. Sebring-Lewis is a formal recital space designed for acoustic performance events. All large spaces in Bucksbaum require special arrangements for AV and speaker systems if desired for presentation purposes, however the classrooms are equipped with AV.
Bucksbaum also is home to the Faulconer Gallery, featuring fine art exhibits throughout the year. While the gallery is not available for rent, special arrangements may be made for tours, and we invite you to visit while you are on campus.
Cathedral ceilings, carved wood and rows of pew seating give Herrick Chapel an impressive aura. Herrick has been the location of numerous weddings, public speakers, and music performances throughout its over-100-year lifespan. With a capacity of 650 people, the chapel is one of our largest venues, and may be used for religious or non-religious activities. A sound system for lectures and recorded music has the ability to use hearing boosters for the hearing impaired. Audio-visual equipment requires special arrangements.
For sports practices and physical activities, Grinnell College is home to the recently completed Athletic and Fitness Center, and the Physical Education Complex. The wide open spaces may be used for vendor fairs and other events by special arrangement.
Darby Gymnasium in the Athletic and Fitness Center is the largest indoor facility on Grinnell's Campus. A traditional gymnasium with retractable bleacher seating, it can be used for special sporting events, practices, or events involving large numbers of people. The Auxiliary Gym in the same building may also be used for practices and other events of that nature. Special arrangements may be made for use of the fitness center.
The Physical Education Complex (PEC) features two indoor open gym spaces connected by an indoor track. Special arrangements may be made for use of the pool and racquetball courts.
Keep your eye on Grinnell as we undergo construction for Phase Two of the Athletic and Fitness Center, complete with new pool, indoor gym spaces and much more!
During summer, our dormitories are available for your conference or camp. Over 300 beds are available in our air-conditioned East Campus dormitories and select North Campus Dorms. An additional 800 beds are available in our traditional Oxford-style dormitories, featuring Gothic architecture. A limited number of apartment-style suites are available for families or other groups.
For guests in our dormitories, we provide a linen packet containing sheets, blanket, pillow, towel and wash cloth. Beds may be made before your arrival upon request.