For 130 years (1870-2000) this beautiful hall was used for town meetings, elections, plays, dances, parties and exhibitions. The large chandelier had kerosene lamps and was stored in the attic from 1909 until it was electrified in 1984. The ceiling was originally plaster and was covered with the current steel one in 1924.
This room has a raised platform (stage) and is now used for private functions, theater/music performances, dances and fitness classes. The space is approximately 38 x 40 feet, and the platform is another 25 x 18 feet. Room capacity is 225 persons. For theater and other performances the room seats about 150 people; for sit-down dinners up to 100 people. Tables and chairs are stored in the upstairs closets allowing this room to easily be set up in a variety of layouts.
Rental fees for this upstairs hall vary. For private parties this large upstairs room costs only $150 for up to 4 hours ($300 for non Berlin residents). There is an additional fee of $25 ($50 for non Berlin resident) if food and/or drinks are served. For public and non-profit events the Grand Hall costs $75 ($150 for non Berlin residents). Town organizations use the building free of charge.
Barnes Hall is named after the land donor and is the heart of the building. Past uses included a schoolroom in the 1870’s and town offices. Parties and social events were held here as well as meetings for town organizations like the Board of Trade and the Boys and Girl Scouts.
The room is approximately 15 x 44 feet and can be arranged for a variety of functions. Room capacity is 107 persons. About 50 people can be seated for a meal in Barnes Hall.
Rental fees for this first floor hall vary. For private parties this room costs only $100 for up to 4 hours ($200 for non Berlin residents). There is an additional fee of $25 if food and/or drinks are served ($50 for non Berlin residents). For public and non-profit events Barnes Hall costs $75 ($150 for non residents). Town organizations use the building free of charge.