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Kenyon College

Event Types Welcomed

  • Adult Social Events
  • Corporate Social Events
  • Expo/Competitions
  • Family Reunions
  • Leisure Travel
  • Professional Meeting / Training / Conference / Retreats
  • Wedding Ceremonies
  • Wedding Receptions
  • Youth Retreat/Camps


Founded in 1824, Kenyon is the oldest private college in Ohio. Considered to be one of the country’s most beautiful campuses, this thousand-acre campus is on the National Register of Historic Places. Click here to read our brochure and learn more about our incredible Gambier, Ohio event venue. Consider incorporating a piece of history into your meeting or conference when you hold your next corporate gathering at one of our sought after venues.

Kenyon College offers excellent facilities, outstanding services, and an attractive location for conferences, camps, weddings and retreats.

Our Gambier, Ohio facilities are available for rental on a limited basis by individuals or outside organizations when students are in residence. The majority of use by outside organizations takes place in the summer, fall and spring break periods.

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Meeting & Event Spaces

  • Max Capacity: 1000 guests
  • Largest Classroom Style: 69
  • Largest Theatre Style: 612
  • Largest Auditorium Seating: 612
  • Largest Arena Seating: 3000
  • Academic Year Largest Group: yes
Ascension Hall
Dating back to 1859, Ascension Hall, is just one of the Victorian Gothic castle-like structures that dominates campus. In total, it acts as home  to ten classrooms, as well as the cosy Nu Pi Kappa, a third-floor study lounge complete with comfortable furniture, and Philomethesian, a medium-sized lecture-hall. 
Black Box Theater
In its new north campus home, the Black Box Theatre  is a great open space for goups to perform or  meet. Due to its proximity to the North Campus Apartments, this also acts a suitable space for groups to check-in/out in an air-conditioned envioronment. 
  • 90 Theatre Style
Bolton Dance Studio
 Complete with wall-wall mirrors and conveniently located in the heart of south campus, Bolton Dance Studio provides a wonderful space for dance or music workshops. 
Bolton Theater
Bolton Theater is the second-largest professional theatre space on-campus. Host to a wide variety of proffessional-grade student work during the academic year, this is the perfect space for a group interested in dramatic performances, showcases, or discussions. 
  • 389 Theatre Style
Brown Family Environmental Center
The Brown Family Environmental Center, commonly known as the BFEC (pronounced "bee-fek"), lies a stones throw away from the village center. During your visit, explore 480 acres of woodlands, hiking trails, prairie habitats and gardens. The breathtaking natural beauty makes a perfect backdrop for wedding receptions, birthday parties or even educational tours, which can check in at the visitors' center. Or if it's relaxation you are after, opt for a lazy day of river tubing on the Kokosing, one of Ohio's State Scenic Rivers, or a gentle bike ride down the Kokosing Gap Trail
Built between 1869 and  1871, the Church of the Holy Spirit lifts its steeple high above south campus. It is a nonesectarian church, complete with an array of stunning stained-glass and functioning bells, making it the perfect backdrop for weddings, christenings or any other ceremonies you have in mind. 

  • 125 Theatre Style
Colburn Hall
Enclosed in beautiful red-brick and situated adjacent to the historic Bexley Hall,  Colburn Hall used to serve as the College's Seminary library. However, newly renovated, it acts as a multi-functional events hall complete with high ceilings and a stage area that is perfect for a DJ. It is conveniently located next to the North Campus Apartments and makes the perfect space for after-parties or other celebratory events. 
Davis House Seminar Room
Edelstein House Conference Room
Cheever Seminar Room
Gund Commons Ballroom
Gund Commons Game Room
Gund Gallery
Hayes Hall
Higley Auditorium
Hill Theater
Horn Gallery
Horvitz Hall
Kenyon Athletic Center
O'Connor House
Outdoor Athletic Fields
Peirce Hall
Rosse Hall
Samuel Mather Hall
Brandi Recital Hall
Weaver Cottage
Ransom Lawn

Food & Beverage Options

Peirce Dining Hall
Peirce Hall is the destination dining hall for the Kenyon Community. An all-you-care to eat facility, Peirce offers all guests a menu focused around the fresh, local produce, dairy, grains and proteins. Purchasing over 42% of our products locally, we have built and maintained strong relationships within Gambier and the surrounding communities. We welcome you to join us and enjoy all the great meals that Peirce has to offer.
Kenyon Inn Restaurant
Enjoy Knox County's only 4-star dining in an elegant yet relaxed atmosphere. Sample fine wines, and end your meal with a créme bruleé "to die for." And yes: we intentionally ended the previous sentence on a preposition... we are a literary place, after all!
The Gambier Deli
A New York style deli on the campus of Kenyon College.
The Village Inn
The Village Market
With its comfortable front-room booths and gleaming bar,The Village Inn offers sandwiches, salads, entreés and bar service.
A small market with a recently expanded deli located in Gambier.


  • Total Number of Overnight Guests: 1000
  • Number of Overnight Rooms: 1500
Overnight Room Attributes
  • Air-conditioned rooms available
  • Linens Provided
  • Kitchen Available
  • Microwave
  • Refrigerator


Bushnell Residence Hall
South-campus dorm, with close proximity to the Kenyon Athletic Center and Peirce Dining Hall. Rooms are split between two floors and divided into 4 halls, with a communal bathroom per each hall. Well-equipped for social groups with full access to a well-lit and comfortable lounge, complete with cable TV, as well as a kitchen in the basement. 
  • 30 (4 Singles, 24 Doubles, 1 Triple) Rooms
  • 55 Beds
Caples Residence Hall
  • 98 (50 Doubles, 48 Singles) Rooms
  • 148 Beds
Gund Residence Hall
  • 44 (3 Singles, 41 Doubles) Rooms
  • 85 Beds
Hanna Residence Hall
  • 34 (2 Singles, 17 Doubles, 15 Triples) Rooms
  • 81 Beds
Leonard Residence Hall
  • 83 (20 Doubles, 55 Singles) Rooms
  • 89 Beds
Lewis Residence Hall
  • 47 (14 Singles, 33 Doubles) Rooms
  • 78 Beds
Manning Residence Hall
  • 30 (4 Singles, 24 Doubles, 2 Triples) Rooms
  • 58 Beds
Mather Residence Hall
  • 96 (16 Singles, 71 Doubles, 9 Triples) Rooms
  • 185 Beds
McBride Residence Hall
  • 94 (16 Singles, 69 Doubles, 9 Triples) Rooms
  • 181 Beds
New Apartments
  • 108 (24 4-person apts, 8 6-person apts) Rooms
  • 144 Beds
North Campus Apartments
  • 185 (46 4-person apts, 6 8-person apts) Rooms
  • 232 Beds
Norton Residence Hall
  • 47 (14 Singles, 33 Doubles) Rooms
  • 80 Beds
Old Kenyon Residence Hall
  • 95 (44 Singles, 49 Doubles, 2 Triple) Rooms
  • 148 Beds
Taft Cottages
  • 36 (12 4-person apts) Rooms
  • 48 Beds
Watson Residence Hall
  • 29 (17 Singles, 12 Doubles) Rooms
  • 41 Beds
Weaver Cottage
  • 4 Rooms
  • 4 Beds
Kenyon Inn
The Kenyon Inn is Kenyon's premier hotel, which offers 4-star dining services as well as facilitating private events, such as corporate meetings or weddings. It boasts a main dining room and lounge, in addition to a private dining room (Paul Newman Room) that can seat approx. 35 guests.  Guest rooms may include either one king sized bed, or two full-sized beds; the restroom may include a tub if requested, and one room offers a handicap accessible tub/shower. The kitchen serves breakfast, lunch, and dinner, as well as a Sunday brunch. 

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  • 30 Rooms

Featured Amenities

  • Accessible Facilities
  • Air Conditioning Air Conditioning
  • Fitness Center Fitness Center
  • In-House Catering
  • Linens
  • Overnight Rooms
  • Paid Parking
  • Running Trails
  • Taxi
  • Theater Seating

Venue Location + Transportation


Eaton Center North,
209 Chase Avenue,
Gambier, Ohio 43022


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Nearby Airport

  • Port Columbus Int'l Airport - 60 minutes

Nearby International Airport

  • Port Columbus Int'l Airport - 60 minutes


  • Onsite Parking: Yes

Nearby Cities

Columbus, OH (45 miles)

Things to Know


  • Must Use In-house Catering: Yes
  • External Catering Allowed: Yes
  • Cultural Catering Available: Yes


  • Guest Wi-Fi: Fee
  • Onsite Tech Support: Yes
  • Equipment Available On-Site:
    • Projector Screen

Venue Policies

  • Alcohol Consumption: Yes
  • Smoking Permitted: yes
  • ADA Accessible: Yes