Exuding the grace and grandeur of the 1920s, the Virginia Dare Ballroom at the Sir Walter Apartments is one of Raleigh's top event venues. Built on a corner of Fayetteville Street between 1923 and 1924 as the Sir Walter Raleigh Hotel, the building was the most significant structure in the southern business district at the time and home to over 80 percent of the state legislatures by 1925. Today, the Virginia Dare Ballroom at the Sir Walter Apartments is Raleigh's oldest surviving edifice and a designated Raleigh Historic Landmark and provides an exquisite historic venue for special celebrations and occasions such as wedding ceremonies and lavish receptions. The beautiful building features a regal ballroom with soaring 18-foot ceilings, original wallpaper, stunning diamond marble flooring, and vintage chandeliers. Signature round top windows flood interior spaces with natural light and boast spectacular views over Fayetteville Street during the day and night. The venue can accommodate up to 150 guests for seated dinners and cocktail receptions and provides upscale amenities such as fully equipped prep kitchen for catering with two full-size refrigerators and a stand-alone freezer, and modern restroom facilities.

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Amenities and Facilities

TheVirginia Dare Ballroom at the Sir Walter Apartments has a spacious open-plan ballroom with soaring 18-foot ceilings adorned with vintage chandeliers, original wallpaper from the 1920s, stunning diamond marble flooring. Signature round top windows flood interior spaces with natural light and boast spectacular views over Fayetteville Street during the day and night, creating elegant ambiances for both day and evening events. The ballroom can accommodate up to 150 guests for lavish receptions and formal dinners and can be divided into smaller areas for more intimate events and functions.

Services

TheVirginia Dare Ballroom at the Sir Walter Apartments offers several packages that include services such as set-up and clean-up of the venue, tables and chairs, linens, the use of a bridal suite and groom’s dressing room, a door attendant, and a fully equipped kitchen for catering and food prep with two full-size refrigerators and a stand-alone freezer.

TheVirginia Dare Ballroom at the Sir Walter Apartments offers a list of preferred vendors for services such as catering and beverages, décor and flowers, wedding cakes, entertainment and music, photography and videography, and more.

General Information

TheVirginia Dare Ballroom at the Sir Walter Apartments is located at 400 Fayetteville Street in Raleigh and is wheelchair accessible. The venue is within walking distance of several excellent hotels, including the Sheraton Raleigh Hotel and the Raleigh Marriott City Center, as well as favorite restaurants, coffee shops, and bars. Cultural activities and theaters within proximity include the Red Hat Amphitheater, the Raleigh Convention Center, the Stockroom at 320, ArtSpace, and the Wake County Justice Center. Other nearby attractions include the Marble Kid’s Museum, the Avery C. Upchurch Municipal Complex, the North Carolina State Capitol, and the Worth Bagley Memorial, Moore Square, and Nash Square.

400 Fayetteville Street, 412 Fayetteville Street (Main Office), Raleigh, NC 27601, Phone: 919-333-8826

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