BUILT IN 1854
Pittsburgh's Premier Special Event Facility
Swing open the massive wooden front doors, inlaid with intricate stained glass, step past the threshold from the tiled floor of the foyer, and enter a space of breathtaking old world beauty. Family owned and operated by Ed, Mary Ann, John and Suzanne Graf since 1995, this is Pittsburgh’s Grand Hall at The Priory. Whether it’s the Grand Hall’s rolling barrel vaults and arches, soaring 80 feet into the air, its massive supporting columns, topped with gold-leafed Corinthian capitals, or the intricate, gold-plated stencil-work gracing the ceiling, the Grand Hall’s physical space inspires a sense of wonder.
Yet it is not just the grandeur of the physical space that sets the Grand Hall apart: it is also its sense of place and time. Built as St. Mary’s Church in 1854 by German immigrants, the Grand Hall was for years a hub of the German, Swiss and Austrian community in the “Deutschtown” section of Pittsburgh. Restored in 1995 and re-opened as a banquet facility, the Grand Hall and the adjacent Priory Hotel (the former St. Mary’s Priory [or Monastery) is now a keystone of the redevelopment of Deutschtown and of Pittsburgh’s North Side.
The value of a beautiful space is diminished if the quality of the food and service do not match the quality of the room. The Grand Hall’s food and service are unrivaled in the Pittsburgh region. Chefs Michael Henny and Pete Phillipy have more than 40 years of combined service in kitchens ranging from the Hyehold Restaurant to Nemacolin Woodlands resort, and consistently serve world class food. General Manager Rebecca Lazeration, with years devoted to banquet and event management, ensures that linens are crisp, silverware is polished, and that the staff is well-trained to accommodate any guest need.
Centrally located across the Allegheny River from downtown Pittsburgh, with Interstate 279 and State Route 28 just blocks away, the Grand Hall is easily accessible from all points of the compass. Pittsburgh’s suburbs are just minutes away, and even drives from other counties are short and easy.
Pittsburgh's Grand Hall is the epitome of elegance and refinement located within the historic Priory Hotel. As a grand ballroom with a rich history, we have been a witness to countless memorable moments, celebrations, and grand affairs. Steeped in Pittsburgh history, the ballroom exudes timeless charm with its soaring ceilings, intricate architectural details, and opulent décor that reflects its storied past. Every corner tells a tale, offering a sense of grandeur and sophistication that is unmatched in Pittsburgh.
Beyond the grand ballroom, our venue boasts smaller meeting and event rooms that cater to intimate gatherings or breakout sessions. These spaces are designed to accommodate a range of needs, ensuring that every detail of your event is meticulously attended to. Our dedicated event staff is committed to providing impeccable service, ensuring that your vision is flawlessly brought to life.
In addition to the array of event spaces, the Priory Hotel offers a haven of luxury for your guests. With 42 luxuriously appointed rooms, each one thoughtfully designed to provide the utmost comfort and relaxation, your attendees can indulge in the ultimate retreat after a night of celebration. The fusion of modern amenities and classic elegance creates an ambiance that transports guests to a bygone era of grace and refinement.
As you step outside, you will discover The Priory Courtyard - this charming outdoor oasis offers an al fresco space for cocktails as well as another picturesque backdrop for photographs that capture the essence of your special occasion. The lush greenery, meticulously manicured landscaping, and quaint architectural elements come together to create an idyllic setting for creating lasting memories.
Whether you are hosting a wedding, corporate gala, charity event, or any other grand affair, Pittsburgh's Grand Hall provides an unparalleled experience of history, luxury, and convenience. Our team is dedicated to exceeding your expectations, leaving you with cherished memories and a desire to return to our enchanting venue time and time again.
Just a few things to consider when choosing your venue:
Pittsburgh's Grand Hall vs. The Competition
|The Grand Hall||The Competition|
|Only one event hosted at a time?||YES||Typically no|
|Dedicated Wedding Server?||YES||Typically no|
|Just two tables assigned per server?||YES||3-4 tables|
|A single server dedicated to the head table?||YES||Typically no|
|Complimentary valet parking?||YES||Typically no|
|Historic boutique hotel on site?||YES||No|
|Designated Wedding Dressing Room||YES||Typically no|
|Executive chefs on staff to oversee food preparation at every event?||YES||Typically no|
|Access to garden courtyard?||YES||Typically no|