The 2,000 square foot lobby, designed by Eliel Saarinen and featuring travertine floors and oak paneled walls, is adjacent to the galleries. The lobby is sun soaked during the early evening hours, from the dramatic floor to ceiling windows and doors that provide access to the courtyard.
The courtyard features lit trees, a granite reflecting pool, and outdoor sculptures by Carl Milles and Scott Burton, and is surrounded by the architecture of Eliel Saarinen, I. M. Pei, and Richard Meier. It is the perfect space to dance the night away underneath the stars, or to kick off your evening with passed hors d’oeuvres and cocktails.
Wedding ceremonies are not allowed in the building, but the Claire and Miles Mills Rose Garden or the Sylvan Amphitheater can be rented through Des Moines Parks and Recreation.
Capacity: Stand-up reception: Up to 200 persons
Sit-down reception/meal: Up to 125 persons
Lobby and Courtyard
** This space available Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday, or Saturday evening
*Discounts are offered to members at the Contributor ($250) level or above.