The Garden Room at the National Aviary is a new place for people to gather and celebrate, but it’s really for the birds.
The 9,000-square-foot, year-round event space is available to rent for weddings, corporate functions and parties, providing the North Side institution — which was hit hard by the pandemic — with a steady stream of income.
“This new space opens up opportunities for programs that enable physical distancing, including Brunch in the Garden and Holidays in the Garden, says Molly Toth, the Aviary’s communication specialist. “And rentals for special events in this space set us on a path for growth and success well into the future,” she adds.
The building at 700 Arch Street is made of wood, masonry and 2,700 square feet of Vitro Architectural Glass, which employs a bird-safe pattern to help prevent window strikes by wild, winged creatures. Other sustainability features include an on-site stormwater management system and light-refracting skylights that provide natural lighting and heating.