Annie Wright Schools offer event space to alumni, AWS community members and community groups on a case-by-case basis. For more information about facility rentals, please contact the Facilities Coordinator by email or at 253.284.4343.
This is the premier gathering place at AWS. This spacious room is perfect for weddings, receptions, banquets, seminars and other large meetings. The room has recently been painted and redecorated. The fireplace may be used to add to the warmth of this wonderful space. The Great Hall is filled with many antique cabinets, chairs and tables that are permanent fixtures in the room and add to the space's warmth and character. The Great Hall will accommodate a maximum of 150 people for a sit-down meal and up to 200 for a cocktail-style event.
The Huston Room, located at the east end of the Great Hall, was the original Library at AWS and still contains some of the original book collection as well as the original shelving. This lovely and inviting room is ideal for small business meetings or luncheons and is equipped with a large antique conference table that can comfortably seat up to 12. The fireplace may be used during your event.
The Bamford Commons is a relatively new addition to AWS, although you would never know it by looking at the architecture. Great care was taken with the design of this area to ensure aesthetic continuity with the original building. The Bamford Commons can accommodate up to 350 for a sit-down style event or up to 400 for a more casual cocktail-style event. Rental of the Bamford Commons includes the adjacent Hofius Garden.
Hofius Garden, an idyllic, gravel path contemplation garden tucked away in a sunken corner of the Bamford Commons, is a picture-perfect site for your small, intimate wedding ceremony. The garden is surrounded on all sides by the classic brick beauty of Annie Wright School including an amazing brick-arched portico, perfect for the bride's procession and grand entrance.
The Raynor Chapel was built and paid for by the Annie Wright Alumnae Association and is very dear to the Annie Wright community. Raynor Chapel can accommodate up to 400 seated guests. The sound equipment in the Chapel is available for use during your event.
Annie Wright also offers a beautiful pipe organ and organist or your service in the Raynor Chapel. The services of the organist are not included in the rental fees.
The Kemper Center was added to the AWS campus in 1986. The Kemper Theatre has a spacious light booth with a user-friendly computer board, a sound mezzanine which allows the operator to hear the event through the air, onstage speakers and monitors, floor microphones and standing microphones. The stage is a 40'-wide proscenium stage with modest apron, and has a full fly system, shop, modest wing space and one off-stage dressing room. Two additional locker rooms with toilets and showers are located nearby. The house seats 350 patrons and shares a lobby and concession booth with the gymnasium.
Parking is limited to a small lot adjoining the theatre; there is ample on-street paring. Kemper Theatre has disabled parking spaces and seating. Special arrangements for the use of the Kemper Center must be made with our Theatre Director.
Due to insurance issues, the AWS pool is only available for rent to current AWS community members and alumni. If you wish to rent the pool, special arrangements must be made with our aquatics instructor. The pool must be staffed by at least one certified lifeguard.