The Club Room
The Club Room, which is the smaller area, can accommodate 80 people seated at tables. The style is classical large living room with beautiful old hardware floors, fireplace surround and traditional impressive brass chandelier. The dignified intimacy of the space is perfect for family weddings or dinners, off-site business meetings, or bereavement receptions. This building includes a foyer, small caterer’s kitchen with a standard stove and refrigerator, and a 5’ closeable pass through for easy serving and two lavatories. It is handicapped accessible and opens to the courtyard and garden. The rental includes up to 10 8’ tables and up to 80 beige metal folding chairs. There is absolutely NO DANCING in the Club Room!
The larger building houses the Ballroom which can accommodate 350 guests seated at tables or up to 500 auditorium style. It is an airy formal space with large windows, raised alcove, mirrors, and beautiful crystal chandeliers. This spacious and elegant hall with adjacent courtyard and garden is in great demand for weddings, parties, and meetings. Reservations are accepted up to 18 months in advance (please call the office to see if our facilities might be available for your event).
Rental of the Ballroom includes the foyer, caterers kitchen with standard stove and refrigerator, and ample plating area for buffet service of 200. For larger groups or seated meals it is advantageous to rent the large adjacent kitchen also.
Inspired by the gardens of Europe, Ninah May Holden Cummer gathered a group of twenty friends in her Riverside home on March 25, 1922 to organize a garden club to create a more beautiful city. This group ultimately was to become the Garden Club of Jacksonville, Inc.
When founding members created the club, they envisioned a small organization to further their garden research and to enhance city spaces. Because they did not have a clubhouse they met in individual member’s homes and this necessarily limited enrollment. However, the new club was such a success that within a few months over 100 women asked to join and the idea of garden circles was initiated.