A short list of some of the beautiful spaces for events at Occidental
Gresham Dining Hall
Creamy walls, high, open-beamed ceilings, tall arched windows, oak tables and chairs create a setting that is warm and welcoming. This dining hall is available for College and private catered events on select Saturdays only, after 5 p.m.
Capacity: The dining hall accommodates up to 284 guests, and is equipped with 11 large round tables (seat 8-10) and 23 long tables (seat 6-8). Events with fewer than 100 guests will be subject to an additional charge.
Student Events in Gresham Dining Room
A maximum of two student events per semester may be held in the Gresham Dining Room, subject to space availability. The dining room is available only on Saturday nights. The space must be requested through the Office of Student Life at least six weeks in advance.
Your event must be an all-campus event of 300 guests or more (100 for a catered meal).
A minimum of $1,500 in catering must be purchased, or a labor fee of $500 will apply. No outside food may be brought in.
Special procedures apply. This information is available by contacting firstname.lastname@example.org.
French windows look out from the Gresham Dining Hall onto this picturesque, covered patio. The beautiful, gabled glass roof gives the feeling of being outdoors, yet provides a comfortable climate year round. Please note that use of this space for dancing requires dance floor rental.
Capacity: The patio accommodates 150 guests for dining without dancing and 120 for dining and dancing. It is equipped with 15 round tables (seat 6-8) and 95 lattice back chairs.
This elegantly furnished lounge is ideal for informal gatherings. This room can be opened to the Sutton President's Dining Room to form a larger space. This space is unsuitable for dining.
Capacity: The lounge accommodates 45 guests for an informal gathering. It can open into the Sutton President's Dining Room to accommodate 65 total guests.
Sutton President's Dining Room
This carpeted conference-style meeting room is adjacent to the Morrison Lounge with a removable partition between.
Capacity: The dining room accommodates 14 guests for a meeting, or a sit-down or buffet meal.
This beautifully appointed dining room has corner windows looking over the olive grove and Thorne Hall.
Capacity: This dining room accommodates 16 guests at one large table, or up to 36 guests at smaller tables.
Young Dining Room
Suitable for dining or meeting, this attractive dining room has a partition that opens into the Salsbury dining room.
Capacity: The room accommodates 32 guests or a total of 46 when opened to the Salsbury room.
Salsbury Dining Room
Suitable for dining or meeting, this attractive dining room has a partition that opens into the Young dining room.
Capacity: The room accommodates 14 guests or a total of 46 when opened to the Young room.
The Collins House
This crisp, two-story white clapboard building with its red brick chimney and black shutters has an attractive rear garden and patio area, making it a wonderful outdoor location. Behind the house is a red brick patio shaded by an elegant arbor overgrown with wisteria and roses, surrounded by low box hedges. Three steps lead down to a grass lawn and miniature formal garden with an Italianate fountain. There are two adjacent lawns shaded by a regal magnolia tree that are beautifully landscaped. NOTE: Use of this space will incur a fee for staffing by a Campus Safety Officer.
Capacity: A maximum of 80 for patio dining; 150 for stand-up receptions. Including lawn areas can accommodate up to 250 guests for a plated or buffet meal (weather permitting).
This warm neo-craftsmen structure with a mission-style flair and pine floors has multiple French doors leading to an outside patio. This space is primarily for use by student groups, but department and private events may use the space under specific guidelines.
Capacity: The main dining area can accommodate 150 for a buffet or plated meal. A total of 200 can be served using adjacent rooms. Two outdoor patios accommodate 50 people each for stand-up receptions.
Newly renovated and expanded, Swan Hall includes a variety of small conference spaces. Also available is the Dumke Commons, an elegant multi-faceted reception and dining venue.
Capacity: Dumke Commons has 64 seats at round tables indoors, as well as a spacious outdoor patio seating area. A total of 125 can be accommodated for an indoor/outdoor stand-up reception. There is a set-up charge for theater-style seating in this space.
Booth Music Quad
An attractive fountain enhances the beautiful architecture of this arcaded courtyard. There are plenty of shady areas and wonderful photographic opportunities.
Capacity: This site accommodates 120 guests for a seated meal and 200 for a stand-up reception.
Remsen Bird Hillside Theater
This outdoor Greek ampitheater with its grassy stage and classical architecture is the perfect location for any outdoor celebration. Although large enough to hold a cast of thousands, it lends itself beautifully to intimate al fresco gatherings.
Capacity: This site can accommodates anywhere from 30 to 3,000 guests.
Situated below the College’s Interfaith Center, Lower Herrick is a convenient, flexible and air-conditioned space for both sit-down and stand-up receptions.
Capacity: This site accommodates 150 for a sit-down, 125 for a buffet reception and 250 for a stand-up reception. Alcohol is not permitted in this facility at any time. There is a furniture set-up charge in this location.
Herrick Memorial Chapel and Interfaith Center
Lofty yet intimate, the magnificent high ceiling with multiple stained glass windows welcomes people of all faiths. The chapel is bright, airy and air-conditioned.
Capacity: This site comfortably accommodates from 100 to 500 guests utilizing the ground floor as well as the balcony.
Johnson Student Center, 2nd Floor