Small Market Meetings

JAN 2017

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U n i o n D e p o t S t . P a u l , M i n n e s o t a January 2017 31 Courtesy Union Depot A private event takes over the main waiting room at the restored Union Depot in St. Paul. Union Depot St. Paul, Minnesota Union Depot in St. Paul, Minnesota, is first and foremost a transit and transportation hub, han- dling hundreds of bus, train and light-rail pas- sengers every day. But the enormous historic building is also an event venue with striking spaces and private rooms available to groups. The original depot burned down in 1915; although construction on the existing depot began two years later, it wasn't complete until 1923 because work was halted during World War I. In addition to RiverCentre, Union Depot is the only other downtown venue that can handle large events, said marketing manager Tina Volpe. The entire facility covers about 250,000 square feet; of that, the waiting room covers 21,000 square feet, making it the largest event space. The restored room has barrel-vaulted, 50-foot-high ceilings with skylights and can seat up to 1,200 people for banquets. Organizers can use pipe and drape and security personnel to hold private events in the Courtesy Great Lakes Science Center

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