701 Whaley

Special Event Venue

A popular venue for rehearsal dinners, fundraisers, meetings, arts and music events, 701 Whaley can accommodate a wide range of special occasions. Located in the heart of Columbia's Olympia Mill Village, this lovingly restored 1903 building was once the community center for the mill workers of the area. It is now one of Columbia's most sought-after venues.  View our Gallery page for more photos.

Grand Hall

Grand Hall with tables and dance floorAn impressive glass storefront with a striking view of the church steeple across the street and the clock tower of the historic renovated mill The Grand Hall makes a bold impact. Beautiful light in the late afternoon streams through the floor to ceiling windows. Three separate HVAC units assure the room is cool in the summer and warm in the winter. The grand staircase allows for a commanding entrance of a bridal party and their guests. Classic black and white tiled restrooms with updated features adjoin The Grand Hall. The Grand Hall can accommodate 940 standing or 375 seated.  More Info >>

Olympia Room

Olympia Room - setting for dinnerLocated on the second floor adjacent to 701 Center for Contemporary Art, The Olympia Room is 2000 square feet with original hardwood floors and 17 foot ceilings. Three tall windows let in plenty of light with the distinctive original walls lending character to this lovely room. Beautiful decorated restrooms adjoin the Olympia Room. The room can accommodate 240 standing or 80 seated and is the perfect location for rehearsal dinners, ceremonies, luncheons or corporate meetings.  More Info >>

Granby Room

Granby RoomAt street level with an impressive glass storefront, original wood columns and a touch of historic charm The Grandy Room is adjacent to and a great add on to the Grand Hall. It has also become a favorite for community and arts events, smaller parties and fundraisers.   More Info >>

Other spaces within 701 Whaley include a unique bridal or green room, outdoor courtyard, and the charming porch of 711 Whaley, perfect for an evening cocktail or cigar.

Whether you're looking for a causal meeting space for 10, an intimate setting for your rehearsal dinner or a spacious, distinctive venue for 1000, historic 701 Whaley will graciously accommodate your needs and is a venue like no other in Columbia.