The City of Marion maintains two historic buildings within the downtown that are available for rental to individuals, groups, and organizations for meetings, receptions, parties, and other functions. Both locations are within walking distance of local restaurants, shops, and other amenities. Local businesses offer regular catering at the Community Building, day or night, for more information on local catering services please contact the Marion Business Association or the McDowell County Chamber of Commerce. Space may be rented for an entire day(s) or portion(s) of a day. Rental rates are affordable for daytime and/or nighttime events, seven days a week. For additional rental information or information on rates and scheduling please contact City Hall at (828) 652-3551.
A list of the rules and regulations is provided to all persons renting the Community Building or Marion Depot, a link to the rules and regulations is available below. The City requires a signed contract and a security deposit, in order to rent either building. With a few exceptions, use of the building for any commercial or non-commercial purpose is allowed. Persons wishing to rent the Community Building or Marion Depot are urged to contact the City well in advance, as the building often rents quickly.
The Community Building, located at 191 North Main Street across from City Hall, was constructed in 1936 as a WPA project, as part of the New Deal Program, and has served the community for many years. It stands today much as it did in 1936, with modern updates, and is available for many types of functions. There are large meeting rooms available for rental both on the main level and in the basement. The Community Building includes a full commercial kitchen and is perfect for meetings, parties and other events.View Pictures of Community Buiding Interior
Maximum Room Occupancy:
Upstairs – 150 person occupancy
Downstairs – 100 person occupancy
Community Building Table Arrangement
Community Building Main Level Rules and Regulations
Community Building Basement Rules and Regulations
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The Marion Train Depot, located at 58 Depot Street, was originally constructed in 1867 as a freight depot to serve Marion on the Western Rail Line, making the building one of the oldest surviving depots in Western North Carolina. Additions were constructed to the building in 1935 and 1952. The Depot provided passenger rail service until the 1970's. In 2005, with funding and technical assistance from the North Carolina Department of Transportation, the City of Marion renovated the Marion Train Depot, which now serves as Marion’s Office of Economic Development and is available for rent for meetings, parties and other events.View Pictures of Marion Train Depot Interior
Maximum Room Occupancy:
The facility accommodates an occupancy of 131 people with tables and chairs.
Marion Train Depot Table Arrangement
Depot Rules and Regulations
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