The Thoreau Center has 1950 square feet of space for your event and will accommodate 130 people inside the Center for a reception-type of event. If you need all of your guests to be sitting at tables for a meal, the Center will only accommodate 75 people.

The space includes the main gallery which is 42 feet by 19 feet, a 23 x 19 solarium, a large entry hall, a dining room to serve your food, a kitchen, and two other rooms. The Center has six tables with chairs in the solarium and library. The center has other six-foot and eight-foot banquet tables for use in the main gallery.  There are also 90 padded chairs, and an additional 40 metal folding chairs, for your use. You may also bring in your own tables and chairs for your event if they have rubber or felt floor protectors on the legs. The kitchen has a sink, microwave, refrigerator and lots of counter space for your convenience. There is no stove, but you may bring in crock pots, warmers, etc..

There is a small amount of parking on the south side of the Thoreau Center that should be reserved for people with disabilities. You may park along Kingman Boulevard, or in the large parking lot to the south of the Thoreau Center that is owned by Des Moines Fellowship Church, unless the Church is having an event.

The Thoreau Center is in a historical residential area, so we must follow city regulations to ensure that our neighbors are not disturbed by your event. Please see the Rules tab to see the rules that will govern your event.


Main Gallery of Thoreau Center
Main Gallery of Thoreau Center

Looking toward dining room from library            Solarium

In library looking toward solarium and dining room.                        View of solarium from main gallery.


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