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.

Bridal Party Ready Room

We offer a separate room at no additional fee for the female members of the bridal party to utilize as a "ready room" prior to wedding ceremonies. Please inform the facility coordinator if you would like to use that room prior to your ceremony.

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

  • The cost of renting the facility includes the use of the following furniture items:
  • 100 folding chairs
  • Seven 8' long tables
  • Three regular height round tables which are 40" in diameter
  • Three cocktail size tables
  • A limited number of white linens are available for a rental fee


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 (139 Kb PDF file)

A Special Place:

  • Comfortable seating for up to 150 guests
  • Air conditioned

  • Large catering kitchen

  • Elegant, padded seating

  • Plentiful, clean, modern restrooms

  • Beautiful, historic background for photos

  • Parking accommodations

  • Ready-room for bridal parties

  • Park-like outdoor grounds

3 Steps to Reserve Your Date

1Obtain the application: the Facility Request form is available for download and at the Depot upon request. A non-refundable deposit holds the date for you. The deposit is equal to half of the first hour's rent or $100 (whichever is more). The balance is due 90 days prior to the event.

2Complete the application: complete the Facility Request and submit it to us. Once we receive your form, we will check availability and contact you. Your reservation cannot be finalized until we receive this form and the deposit by check or money order made out to GLCF..

3Submit the paperwork to Great Lakes Center Foundation, Attn: Depot Facility Coordinator, 1000 Adams St. Suite 200; Bay City, MI 48708

Everyone Loves The Depot...

"The Pere Marquette Railroad Depot was the perfect spot for our wedding. The natural lighting and vintage architecture was a perfect complement to the love that filled the room on that day. No one could stop talking about what a great location it was for a wedding!"

– Patrick and Chantal


Contact Us

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