Inside: Abbey Room at the Boston Public Library

Nestled in the heart of Copley Square, the Boston Public Library is one of our favorite venues in Boston. Bursting with history, stunning architecture, and breathtaking rooms, the library has long been a favorite venue for corporate and private events. From fairy tale-esque weddings in the courtyard, to cocktails in the Guastavino Room, its versatility and many memorable rooms make the Boston Public Library the choice venue for a Boston-centric event.

The Catered Affair at the Boston Public Library is excited to highlight the library in all its beauty with a week dedicated to its many rooms and spaces and as one of the most unique venues in Boston. Join us as we journey through the library and devour all that it has in store.

Abbey Room
Transforming from a public space bursting with art during the day to a versatile venue space at night, the Abbey Room is the perfect venue for weddings, corporate events, private dinners and receptions.

Before entering the Abbey Room, enjoy the murals and breathtaking art in the Chavannes Gallery. Painted by the renowned French artist Pierre Puvis de Chavannes, the murals adorn the walls of the McKim Building’s grand staircase and second floor gallery. The central mural is named Hail the Spirit, the Harbinger of Light. Eight stairway murals representing the disciples of poetry, philosophy, history, and science complete this allegorical cycle.

Then, step into the Abbey Room, and be immediately struck by the larger-than-life mural Quest and Achievement of the Holy Grail, by American artist Edwin Austin Abbey encompassing the room on the second floor of the McKim Building. The murals are composed of a series of 15 panels, featuring 150 life-sized figures illustrating the Arthurian legend. The room also features a beautiful fireplace of French Rouge antique marble, dark oak wainscoting, and a beamed ceiling modeled after one in the library of the Doge’s Palace in Venice. Beyond the stunning murals adorning the wall and the awe inspiring chandeliers, the Abbey Room is an unforgettable space to host an after-dark-event. Host up to 150 standing for an unforgettable cocktail reception, or 70 seated for dinner and dancing and you’ll easily impress guests as they dance or dine the night away immersed in the artwork and intrigue of the room. Our tip? Add a touch of your company colors or accentuate the space with votive candles and elegant tableware to elevate your night.

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