Our room is set in a standard configuration. The room can be reconfigured and optional layouts are available. Space setups and dictated by Fire and Building codes associated with maximum occupancies and ingress/egress routes. Set up decorations or furniture cannot block any emergency exit. If we have not pre-approved another arrangement, we require the space remain in its standard configuration, that you do not reconfigure the room, and that you do not borrow furnishings from other rooms.

You may not use any other part of the facility as part of your rental space. Setting up displays and furniture in the vestibules and lobby areas is prohibited, as it may interfere with the Bay Area Community Foundation's ability to do business and properly serve its clientele. It may also be in violation of fire codes. The ticket office in the waiting room area is a private office and is also not part of renting the facility.

Sample Room Configurations

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