Your Historic Day Deserves a Historic Location!

The Pere Marquette Depot offers the best of both worlds; old-world charm and elegance combines with modern technology and conveniences. Treat your guests to a venue that is out of the ordinary. We are proud of our high quality event facility and look forward to working with you soon!

View the information below to learn more about our facility. Visit our Rental Information section for guidelines and use guidelines.

Sound System

A sound system is available at the Pere Marquette Depot for an additional per event fee. The sound system includes a microphone and also includes a USB port to allow for pre-recorded music to be played through the sound system. Please inform the Depot Facility Coordinator if you would be interested in utilizing this system for the additional fee.

Maximum Occupancy

Our facility has an established maximum occupancy. Fire and Building codes prevent us from allowing users to exceed this limit. The Bay City Fire Marshall has established a maximum capacity of 180 persons for the 1904 Room (2,063 sq. ft. area where passengers used to await arriving trains) Note: Occupancies change according to space setup.

Elegant Surroundings

The Pere Marquette Depot offers beautiful backdrops for your photos. From the moment your guests step foot on the Depot's Terrazzo floor, they will know this is no ordinary venue. Imagine having your wedding photos taken on our sweeping oak staircase; your event photos taken with Italian marble wainscoting in the background and the gorgeous glow of the natural light coming in through the abundant windows.

Outdoor areas

The Pere Marquette Depot is situated in an almost park-like setting in the center of Downtown Bay City. Our grounds provide a place for photos, walks, and additional activities.

Tables, Chairs, Linens

  • 100 folding chairs
  • 10 - 8' banquet tables
  • 2 - 6' banquet tables
  • 3 - 48" round tables
  • 3 cocktail tables (with 9 chairs)


Complimentary parking is available on-site in our visitor parking lot, south of the building on a first-come, first-served basis. Your facility reservation does not include guaranteed or reserved parking. There are several adjacent streets that offer parallel parking if you require additional parking. The Pere Marquette Parking Plaza located at Fifth and Adams is available weekdays, without the possibility of being ticketed after 6 p.m. and is available any time on weekends.

Catering Kitchen Facility

Food and beverages are welcome in our facility. We do have a kitchen facility available with a warming oven and refrigerator. Catering services are responsible for proper use of equipment. Please notify our staff in advance if you intend to have food and/or beverages at your event.


The 1904 Room at the Depot is well lit and has an abundance of windows. We have blinds available. Lighting can be controlled through external, publicly accessible light switches. Other lighting is to remain on/off as programmed and emergency lighting is to remain undisturbed.

>> Click to download the Depot Facility Application (PDF file)

All reservation cancellations must be made in writing (email is acceptable) a minimum of 45 business days prior to your event. If you do not cancel in advance, please note:

If you cancel 45 days or less prior to the event, you will not be reimbursed for any amount paid. If you cancel before 45 days, you will be reimbursed for the amount paid, excluding the $150 deposit fee.

The Depot, acting in good faith, may cancel your event in circumstances where the space you requested becomes unsafe for your intended use. Such circumstances include, but are not limited to, natural disasters, inclement weather, environmental hazards, civil disturbances or other events affecting public health and safety. In such circumstances, the Depot is under no obligation to refund your rental fee or any of your deposits, but it may do so at its sole discretion.

Time & Date Changes

Event time and/or date change requests are accepted in writing (email is acceptable) a minimum of 45 business days prior to the event. Approval of the change request is subject to facility and staffing availability. If fees apply, they must be paid in full at the time the change is made.

Setup for Wedding Ceremony 2

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Setup for Wedding Ceremony 1

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Setup for Wedding Ceremony 3

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A Special Place:

  • Comfortable for up to 180 seated guests
  • Air conditioned and heated building
  • Large catering kitchen
  • Elegant, padded seating
  • Plentiful, clean, modern restrooms
  • Beautiful, historic background for photos
  • Parking accommodations
  • Park-like outdoor grounds

3 Steps to Reserve Your Date

1Contact the Depot Coordinator at (989) 893-4596 to check availability and schedule a tour.

2Once approved, fill out and sign the Facility Application and send it in with the non-refundable deposit. Cash, check, and money orders are accepted. Please make checks out to Pere Marquette Depot, LLC.

3 The balance of the fee is due 90 days prior to your event.


Contact Us

1000 Adams Street
Bay City, Michigan USA
(989) 893-4596