Special Events

facilities on campus available for Special Events

If you are interested in one of our special event buildings, our auxiliary services team is available to book your next event or give a free campus tour. To request more information, please email: events@wesleyancollege.edu.


Anderson Dining Hall

Anderson Dining Hall in Olive Swann Building

Located in the Olive Swann Porter Student Center, Anderson Dining Hall offers nearly 5,000 sq. ft and seats up to 350. The stately room is distinguished by the vaulted ceiling, large arched windows, and unusual matching mantels graced with landscape murals. The windows open onto the beautiful, columned Mount Vernon Porch, which also offers unique dining and reception options.

Benson Room

Benson Room in Candler building

Located in the Candler Alumnae Building, Benson Room offers 1655 sq. ft., seats 75 theater style, and is one of the campus' most fascinating rooms with its memorabilia-filled glass cabinets. Benson is ideal for seminars, business meetings, or musical performances. Bonuses include a grand piano and French doors, which open to the Candler lobby for coffee breaks or refreshments. Many artifacts from Wesleyan's past are on display in the Benson Room, named for Wesleyan's first graduate, Catherine Elizabeth Brewer (Benson), Class of 1840. In the cases are early diplomas, articles of clothing belonging to former students, and yearbooks going back to the turn of the century. Often booked by Phi Mu and ADPi chapters, this room is full of Wesleyan history. 

Burden Parlor

Burden Parlor located in Olive Swann Building
Located in the Olive Swann Porter Student Center, Burden Parlor will accommodate nearly 50 guests and serves as an elegant and formal reception area. Well-appointed with fine furnishings, this stunning space is complete with soaring vaulted ceiling, expansive windows overlooking the quad, and a fine collection of paintings. Burden is ideal for receptions, luncheons, or musical performances. Bonuses include a grand piano and doors that open to the Olive Swann Porter lobby for coffee breaks or refreshments.

Hurdle Cafe

Located in the Olive Swann Porter Student Center, Hurdle Café seats 70 at tables, sofas, and easy chairs. This cozy space is perfect for small meetings in a casual setting. Upon request, arrangements can be made for a selection of coffees, pastries, and specialty drinks. French doors open to the Olive Swann Porter lobby from the front and to the Anderson Dining Hall on the side.

Jones Hall

Jones Hall is named in honor of C. Baxter and Carolyn Cater Jones. Mrs. Jones is a graduate of Wesleyan (Class of 1917), and Mr. Jones rendered valuable services as a trustee and college attorney over many years. Jones Hall was constructed in 1959 as a suite-style residence hall and underwent extensive cosmetic changes in the summer of 1999.

Along with its beautiful garden, Jones Hall sits on a hill overlooking Foster Lake. Picturesque views of the lake and horse pastures make it a popular wedding and outdoor event venue. With a conference room and overnight suite accommodations on the first floor, Jones offers housing and meeting spaces for outside groups. Every room is wired for high-speed internet and basic cable service. Bedroom suites are $55 to $65/night. 

Just behind Jones Hall is the beautiful Mary Bennet Cox Dunwody Terrace, a large concrete terrace that transitions to an azalea gargen on the edge of Foster Lake. This picturesque setting is perfect for picnics or watching the sun go down.

Lower Courtyard and Fountain

Anchored at the main quad by a stunning arched Loggia, a marble staircase leads to the lower fountain courtyard. The fountain was given to Wesleyan by the Alpha Delta Pi Sorority in 1951 on the occasion of the centennial of its founding. ADPi, the first college sorority, was founded at Wesleyan. The area creates a perfect outdoor setting for picnics, bar-b-ques, or an enchanted seated dinner. Flanking the east side of the courtyard is the distinctive portico that extends from the ground floor lobby of Olive Swann Porter Building out to the fountain area. The portico not only lends beauty to the building but also provides a perfect location for outdoor events.

Lovick P. Corn Center

Pierce Chapel, Corn Center

On the lower level of the Pierce Chapel is a reception area that will accommodate approximately 83 guests. This space has a beautiful view of Foster Lake, handicap accessible restrooms, a grand piano, built-in AV equipment, and a small kitchen for food prep. The LP Corn Center is a great option for meetings, presentations, and other special events.

Manget Dining Room

Manget Room in Olive Swann Buidling

Located in the Olive Swann Porter Student Center, Manget Dining Room offers 1280 sq. ft. and table seating for up to 80. This elegant room is perfect for luncheons, dinners, board meetings, and receptions. Permanent tables and chairs may be arranged to suit. Exquisitely furnished and decorated, its focal point is the handsome 18th-century Waterford crystal chandelier and sconces from the Callanwolde House of Atlanta, a gift of Mrs. Charles Howard Candler, Sr.

Oval Hall

Oval Hall in Candler building.

Located in the Candler Alumnae Building, Oval Hall will accommodate up to 250 guests and serves as an elegant ballroom space for wedding receptions, black tie galas, or formal seated dinner parties. Designed by renowned architect Phillip Shutze, the Candler Alumnae Building is an outstanding example of Georgian architecture. Originally Wesleyan's library, the building was renovated in 1971 as the Candler Alumnae Center and currently houses the offices of Alumnae Affairs and Institutional Advancement. Upstairs, the former library reading room was transformed into a ballroom/banquet room now known as the Oval Hall. It has been the site of alumnae reunions and inaugural balls, concerts and luncheons. Completely restored in 1998, Oval Hall boasts ornate moldings, parquet flooring, and enormous windows that fill the space with natural light.

Peyton Anderson Amphitheater

Taylor Amphitheater

Located in Taylor Hall, Peyton Anderson Amphitheatre offers seating for 175. A mid-size lecture hall with comfortable convertible desk/chairs, the amphitheatre is equipped with the latest smart board computer and AV equipment. Perfect for group meetings or lectures.

Pierce Chapel

Pierce Chapel Chancel

Sitting atop an exquisitely landscaped knoll overlooking the beautiful, heart-shaped Foster Lake, Pierce Chapel is the newest addition to Wesleyan's campus. Pierce Chapel is a sacred space that serves as the center of religious life on the campus of Wesleyan College. While this is the primary function of the Chapel, it may also be reserved by the wider community for weddings, baptisms, memorial services, and other appropriate gatherings. It is our joy to serve and celebrate with couples from all faith traditions and denominational affiliations on their special day.

Ceiling to floor windows and a vaulted ceiling allow sunlight to flow into the sanctuary, which has the capacity to seat about 300 guests. Special AV equipment (lights/blinds/music) is available for rental. On the lower level is a reception area that will accommodate approximately 70 guests. General policies for Pierce Chapel are strictly enforced. No alcohol is allowed at any time.

Porter Auditorium

Porter Fine Arts Building

Located in the Porter Family Fine Arts Building, Porter Auditorium seats 1124 (802 main floor, 312 balcony). One of the finest theaters in central Georgia, Porter is perfect for large-scale presentations, theatrical productions, pageants, dance and musical performances, seminars, and meetings of all kinds. A large lobby area is available for gathering and/or breaks with refreshments. Acoustically exquisite, the auditorium is equipped with: full-size Steinway concert grand piano; 72-rank Goodwyn-Candler-Panoz Organ; 12 channel mixing board/amplifier; 32 channel, 2 scene pre-set lighting controller; 16' x 16' front projection screen; rear loading platform access to the freight elevator, which opens directly into the second floor backstage; 40 ft. wide stage with additional 12 ft. wing space and dressing room on each side; 35 ft. total stage depth from apron edge to back wall (25 ft. curtain line to rear.)

Porter Family Memorial Fine Arts Building

This building serves as a cultural center for the Wesleyan campus and Central Georgia community. Generous parking is illuminated at night and located directly behind the building. A large horseshoe drive in front facilitates valet parking or drop-off service for guests. Porter's large lobby was restored in 2009 and offers a generous reception area with restrooms. Flanking the sides of the lobby are the East & West Cowles Myles Collier Art Galleries. The West Gallery houses works from Wesleyan's permanent collections. The East Gallery houses traveling, faculty, and student exhibitions.

In addition to Wesleyan's large auditorium space, a smaller performance venue is available in the lower level of The Porter Family Memorial Fine Arts Building. The Grassmann-Porter Studio Theatre is an intimate, flexible, "black-box" studio for theatre and dance productions.

Trice Conference Room

Located in the Olive Swann Porter Student Center, Trice Conference Room offers 2250 sq. ft. with a room divider, a roomy stage, and AV capabilities. The space seats 52 classroom style; 80 theater style. This versatile space can accommodate set up in any style desired, and features slender 4 ft. tables with comfortable arm chairs for every participant.

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