Known for its revitalized owntown area, which in 2011 was ranked among “America’s Best
Downtowns” by Forbes magazine,
Greenville, S.C., offers meeting
attendees an assortment of options
when it comes to off-site venues.
Among the possibilities are several fabulous repurposed historic buildings that feature exposed brick,
original hardwood floors and great views, and an exciting
facility where attendees can race cars before a meeting or
The Upper Room
The Upper Room, which resides in a circa-1925 building that was used as a Cadillac dealership in the 1950s,
opened in June 2016.
“We wanted to keep the integrity of the history in the
space so we kept the original floors and windows, but
also added a few touches of our own, such as elegant
modern-style bathrooms and an elevator,” said Erin
Hines, director of events, who runs the family business
with her mother-in-law. “Our space is charmingly histor-
ic, unique, versatile and in a prime location near hotels
The venue accommodates meetings, receptions and
other events for up to 150 people.
The Upper Room’s main space is a 2,000-square-foot
area with exposed brick and 11 large windows, and there
is also the recently opened rooftop garden.
“This addition is a unique setting for any occasion,
complete with a wide-open view and perfect for sunsets
in the city,” Hines said.
Greenville’s Peace Center features three performance
venues and a full calendar of entertainment, plus several
event spaces, including Genevieve’s, an elegant space
with a two-story glass wall and views of the river walk,
and the Huguenot Mill, a converted circa-1882 mill with
Among them is an executive conference room on the
lower floor and a versatile loft space on the second floor
that hosts everything from meetings to cocktail parties.
“The Huguenot Loft features original wood flooring, a soaring beam ceiling, exposed brick and vintage
architectural hardware,” said Tara McNamara, the Peace
Center’s director of public relations. “The mill’s windows
are also original, providing for natural light and excellent
views of the Reedy River.”
86 Meetings Today // 05.17
Historic buildings and other off-site venues
lure groups to this South Carolina enclave
BY CAROLYN BLACKBURN
OUT IN Greenville