Now, a place for celebration. Centuries ago, a bakery.
"Johann Christian Heinrich Claussen (JCF, 1823-1910) and his brother Frederick W. Claussen (1821-1894) purchased the vacant Market Street parcels from Charleston City Council in 1856 and constructed the current building at 36 N. Market. They were German immigrants born in Kirch-Hatten Oldenburg who emigrated to Charleston in the late 1840s. The brothers owned and operated a series of bakeries and grist mills in the vicinity of the market, including a steam bakery at 36 N. Market. They had completed their Market Street building by July 1856, when they paved the sidewalk in front of their store with slate."
Discover the perfect canvas for your next event.
Merchants Hall honors its industrial past with wood columns and beautiful, white ceiling beams - and an abundance of artfully laid, exposed brick. The venue is also uncompromising in providing our clients with the highest level of luxury, from carefully curated lighting fixtures to a meticulously designed hosts' suite. After years of thoughtful design and execution, Merchants Hall is ready to host any of life's most precious moments.
Merchants Hall, at a glance
- Historic elements are prevalent alongside beautiful, luxurious finishes.
- Merchants Hall has character and charm of its own, but the venue fades into the background and lends itself wonderfully to any event's design.
- Our kitchen allows Charleston's wonderful caterers to have the supplies they need to prepare a wonderful meal.
- Our hosts' suite provides an additional furnished area to relax and enjoy.
2,800 square feet
Seated Capacity (60" rounds)
Off-Season (Jan, Feb, July, August)