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These Venues All Have One Major Thing in Common

Transformation. These venues are modern destinations with architectural history. What happens when you remodel a former hospital, a car factory, a chapel or a cotton warehouse? A destination that blends the old with the new and a space that brings the past into the future. This past and future fusion brings the charm to these 20 venues, adding a touch of history to your next event. These venues may have been brought into the 21st Century but their roots are what make them magical.

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Conservatorium Hotel learn more

Conservatorium Hotel is a glamorous destination for the architecturally inclined. This former museum and cultural center had the perfect bones for interior designer Piero Lissoni to go in and restore the hotel to its current luxurious state. Think ceiling beams, stand alone tubs and sleek furnishing. In addition to staying the night here, you can host dinner parties, weddings, corporate events and a slew of gatherings within its storied walls. 
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Alila Yangshuo

Guilin, China
What used to be a Chinese sugar mill is now a modern retro resort, balancing old and new stylish aesthetics. Concrete accents, floor-to-ceiling windows and breathtaking views of the Karst Mountains make up this picturesque destination that also offers creative venue spaces for meetings and events including a contemporary-style art gallery, poolside platform and a sprawling lawn venue at the foot of the mountain.
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Kruisherenhotel Maastricht

Maastricht, Netherlands
Don’t be fooled by this five-star design hotel located in the historic center of Maastricht – Kruisheren used to be a Dutch monastery and Gothic church. Now this modern 60-room hotel resides in the grand space while preserving its original features. This hotel is ideally located in Maastricht city centre, making it a perfect spot to stay the night or host a business meeting in one of the unique board rooms.
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Church & State learn more

This 3,500 square-foot chapel has been converted to a modern work and event space. Vaulted arches, stained glass windows, historic charm and industrial beams give this Salt Lake City venue its ambiance. The soaring arches make this a picture perfect spot to host a wedding, social event, dream dinner party or corporate event.  
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JW Marriott Venice

Venice, Italy
Want to escape to your own private island overlooking Venice? Isola delle Rose, the youngest island in the Venetian lagoon, was born in 1870 and is now home to the JW Marriott Venice. The island was originally used as a hospital in the beginning of the 20th century but after closing in 1980, is now a sophisticated resort celebrating the Venetian landscape.
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The Ned

London, United Kingdom
This 100-year-old bank building with views of St. Paul’s Cathedral was left abandoned for over eight years. The former Midland Bank was the perfect historic and architectural gem waiting to be made over – and that is exactly what Soho House & Co and Sydell Group partnered to do. Now this historic property in London is home to rooms with glamorous flair and nine restaurants. 
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Ruby Street learn more

This 1895 Los Angeles church turned Craftsmen-Victorian venue has kept its historic charm with the original stained glass windows and wooden floors in tact. With over 4,000 square feet to work with, the party options are endless.
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The Bell Tower learn more

If you love open plan venues and red brick, The Bell Tower will win over your heart. What used to be one of the first churches built after the Civil War is now a contemporary venue with exposed beams.
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The Historic Rice Mill learn more

This waterfront venue was built in 1861 and served as an antebellum rice mill. Enjoy your stay with breathtaking views of the Ashley River, a plethora of indoor and outdoor event spaces, exposed brick, wide plank wood floors and large double windows.
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Record

Bentonville, Arkansas
With over 5,000 square feet of interior and exterior spaces, Record used to be a Mid-Century car dealership. Record kept the flair with cement floors, wooden barreled ceiling, neon signage and a glass garage door to keep the good times rolling.
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The Casino San Clemente learn more

What better way to host a party than in a former dance hall? Built in 1937, this dance hall was frequented by Hollywood’s elite. Today, the Casino San Clemente’s red roof isn’t the only stand out feature, this venue also boasts ocean views and an iconic domed ballroom.
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The Lake Erie Building learn more

This former car factory is your next event’s industrial loft venue. Over 100 years old, this 18-acre complex is home to factories, warehouses, a winery, event space and a studio. 
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Mill City Museum learn more

The Mill City Museum saw all of the raw and stripped down architecture of this former flour mill and decided it was perfect as is. With exposed brick, modern steel and wood accents, Mill City Museum is the 120-year old industrial space that you have been looking for. Get ready to rev up your revelry with a holiday party, wedding, creative workshop or corporate event at this posh place. 
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The Walt Disney Family Museum learn more

Head on over to The Walt Disney Family Museum for views of the Golden Gate Bridge. This lively venue space equipped with a theater used to be army barracks – a transformation only Walt Disney could pull off.
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Sole Repair Shop learn more

This 1,800 square foot event space used to be a shoe repair facility. The loft, full service bar and wooden panels make this multi-media venue one for your soul. The shop is flexible enough to become a hip party space, an elegant venue for dinner parties, the perfect setting for company holiday parties and an ideal setting to marry your SOLE-mate. 
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D.O.M. Hotel Roma

Rome, Italy
A former 17th Century aristocratic palace? Yes, please. D.O.M Hotel Roma is located on one of the most iconic streets of Rome’s center and breathes historic luxury into their 18 rooms.
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The Booking House learn more

What better way to celebrate loft-style than in a former cigar factory? The Booking House has reworked the space into an industrial, exposed brick loft. Born in 1884, The Booking House has three floors of event spaces and a cigar lounge on the third floor. 
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Salt Lake Hardware Building learn more

For the brick enthusiast, look no further than Salt Lake Hardware Building that was built in 1909 as a storage facility for the Transcontinental railroad. Today, its red brick exterior (made up of over 2 million bricks) is the ideal Victorian eclectic destination. 
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NAU Palácio do Governador

Lisbon, Portugal
Fall in love with the historic center of Belém, Lisbon at Nau Palacio Do Governado. This hotel used to belong to the former governor of the Tower of Belém and sits on top of Roman ruins dating back to the 1st Century. Take advantage of their two swimming pools and lush gardens to add some fun to the history.
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Cotton Sail Hotel learn more

Head on over to Savannah’s Historic District to visit what used to be a cotton warehouse. Exposed brick, floor-to-ceiling windows, views of the Savannah River and a rooftop lounge make Cotton Sail Hotel magical.
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