Bates Hall is the epitome of luxe entertaining. With walls adorned with bookcases, 50-foot-high barrel vault ceiling, green reading lanterns, and solid oak tables, this hall is the most recognizable in the library. Bates Hall is acknowledged by many to be architecturally one of the most notable rooms in the world.
In the Abbey Room, one is immediately struck by the larger-than-life mural Quest and Achievement of the Holy Grail, by American artist Edwin Austin Abbey. 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.
Guastavino Room, named for its vaulted ceilings, a style designed by Rafael Guastavino, left open the exposed tiling as a design aesthetic. A highly sought-after room, the architecture is full of contrasts, which creates an exciting design aesthetic for after-hours revelry.
A truly immersive experience, the Courtyard makes an impression from the moment guests arrive in the open-air oasis. The Courtyard is one of the most elegant and versatile spaces in the library. Plan a fun cocktail reception with an outdoor bar or bring your dream wedding ceremony to life in front of the picturesque fountain.
A stunning room filled with warm sunlight and adorned with ornately detailed ceilings and an original chandelier. The Tea Room overlooks the breathtaking Italianate Courtyard through its large windows.
The Map Room Tea Lounge boasts dramatic high-arched ceilings, original chandelier, and historic maps of Boston, providing a perfect barroom setting situated between the Guastavino and Courtyard Tea Room.
Surrounded by spectacular paintings, intricate architectural details, and original sculptures from one of the greatest French muralists of the 19th century, Pierre Puvis de Chavannes. This versatile gallery lends itself to a variety of entertaining options.
Mirroring the Guastavino Room, the Exhibition Hall is known for its vaulted, exposed tiled ceilings. Take advantage of the illuminating morning sunlight by hosting a catered conference surrounded by stately grandeur.
Make a grand entrance through the triumphal arch and enchant your guests with the breathtaking 1895 Renaissance Revival Building. Find yourself surrounded by spectacular works of art, iconic Siena marble lions, intricate architectural details, and an air of grandeur impossible to match.
Enter the breathtaking 1895 Renaissance Revival Building overlooking Copley Square and find yourself surrounded by spectacular works of art and intricate architectural details. The renowned architecture boasts contrasts that create an exciting and meaningful flow for an evening of extraordinary entertaining.
Centrally located and often considered the centerpiece of Copley Square, guests will be delighted to enjoy the after-hour allure of the modern Boylston Street Building. Enhanced by city views from the street-height floor-to-ceiling windows.
The architecture at the Boston Public Library is full of contrasts that create an exciting flow for an evening of progressive entertaining. Excite your guests by creating a flow that seamlessly carries them through tradition to innovation.
New and novel, Boylston Hall is a bright, open and modern space perfect for a cosmopolitan wedding or stylish corporate event.
Rabb Hall is a distinguished theater-style lecture hall with comfortable fixed seating for up to 300 guests. Stage sound and lighting design are available upon request for a seamless presentation experience.
DeFerrari Hall is open and ceremonial with high glass skylight and modern, clean lines. Pops of bright red and orange peek out from the floors above, and the center of the hall is hugged by staircases.
Explore the magnificent Central Library in Copley Square with a guided Art & Architecture tour, or discover more with a visually stunning virtual guide. Guests are surrounded by spectacular works of art, intricate architectural details, and a feeling of splendor impossible to match.
Experiencing current exhibitions is another immersive way to explore vast cultural offerings.
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