Possible Event Locations

Spaces to Consider for Events

There are a variety of spaces and locations available on the campus of Amherst College. When selecting space, consider the building, its proximity to other buildings, its position on campus and its accessibility. Consider the type of audience and anticipated number of participants. Consider what kinds of tables and chairs you will need, in what configurations. In some cases, events are held under tents on campus. See Tent Guidelines and compete the space registration form.

Popular event spaces and capacities are noted below. Many of the rooms can be viewed at the classroom site or at the venue photo site

Room

Type

Capacity

Remarks

Conference Rooms, Alumni House    click for photos
Meeting 12 - 20 Conference table seats 12, with eight more chairs around perimeter. Parlor seats 8. Carpeted. Relaxed space on edge of campus.
Fitch Room,           Converse Hall click for photos
Seminar/Lecture 12 Historic room with fireplace, lots of ambiance. Carpeted. Great for small meetings.
Chapin Lounge, Chapin Hall click for photos
Seminar/Lecture/Meeting 14 - 25 Comfortable lounge with soft seating for 12; additional chairs can bring seating to 25.
Founders' Room, Alumni Gymnasium click for photos
Seminar/Meeting 25 - 30 Conference table, chairs and couch.
Mullins & Faerber Rooms,  Valentine Hall click for photos
Seminar/Lecture or Meeting with meal 24 each; total of 48 Adjacent to Lewis-Sebring Dining Commons, these rooms can stand alone or be joined. They can also be joined with Lewis-Sebring to enlarge that space. Carpeted.
Porter Lounge,   Converse Hall click for photos
Seminar/Lecture 40 Fully skylighted room can be setup as a theater style lecture or with tables/chairs. Some soft furniture in place. Carpeted. Not wheelchair-accessible: requires climbing small flight of stairs.
Paino Lecture Hall,
Beneski Museum of Natural History  click for photos
Lecture (fixed tables and chairs) 60 New, bright space with five rows of fixed tables, slightly descending toward presentation space. No food or drink allowed in room, but allowed in hall. Pass by magnificent dinosaur exhibit to enter.
Lecture Room 3,                 Merrill Science Building click for photos
Lecture (fixed chairs and small desks) 70 Fixed seating in rows descending toward presentation space. Aisles on either side of seats.
Chapin Chapel, Chapin Hall click for photos
Lecture (variable seating) 80 Open area that can be configured as desired with tables and/or chairs.

Babbott Room, Octagon Building click for photos

 

Lecture (large center table and chairs, with rows of chairs around the exterior and a small balcony) 80 Historic space, accessible only by stairs.
Pruyne Lecture Hall, Fayerweather Hall click for photos
Lecture (fixed seating and small desks) 80 Newer hall, five rows of seats descending toward presentation space. Aisles on either side of seating area.
O'Connor Commons,
Charles Pratt Dormitory click for photos
Lecture (variable seating, tables with chairs) 100 Newer space, bright, wide open, lots of possibilities for theater-style seating or tables and chairs in a variety of configurations. Not carpeted.

Lewis-Sebring Dining Commons, Valentine Hall click for photos

Dining room 120 While primarily used for meals, available after-hours for functions catered by Valentine. Tables can be set for a formal atmosphere. Can be adjoined to the Mullins & Faerber Rooms to seat 148.
Friedmann Room, Keefe Campus Center click for photos
Lecture (variable seating or tables with chairs) 120 Has a small stage, is rectangular and can be set up in a variety of styles. Consider booking nearby Campus Center Room 102 for support setup.
Alumni House
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Lecture (variable seating or table with chairs)

Lecture or table seating - 80

Standing reception - 125

Frequently used for lectures and receptions. Additional conference room available, with table for 12 and small parlor seating 8.
Cole Assembly Room, Converse Hall click for photos Lecture (fixed seating, no desks) 137 Warm red and black decor. Theater seating descending toward presentation space. Four aisles. Top row corners are wheelchair-accessible.  Consider booking adjoining Converse Lobby for reception.

Lecture Room 2,                Merrill Science Building click for photos

Lecture (fixed seating with small desks) 145 Fixed seating in rows descending toward presentation space. Two aisles.

Lecture Room 1, Merrill Science Building click for photos

Lecture (fixed seating with small desks) 168 Fixed seating in rows descending toward presentation space. Two aisles.
Stirn Auditorium,
Mead Art Museum click for photos
Lecture (fixed seating) 188 Older hall. Theater seating with wide horizontal aisle splitting midway and new AV equipment.
Johnson Chapel
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Lecture (fixed pew seating)

 

400 on main floor, 200 in balcony

Traditional historic New England church with pews and balcony

 

Power House

 

 

 

Variable seating - tables/chairs

 

 

 

Industrial feel with balcony and outdoor terrace

 

 

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