The History

The J.C.H. Claussen building, circa 1856. Illustration by Christophe Drumain.

Historic bricks and wood columns provide glimpses into the circa 1856 building’s industrial past. Bespoke, luxurious interiors complement history to culminate a landmark venue. Merchants Hall is palpably exciting, while maintaining and emphasizing Charleston’s unique history and culture. Boasting spectacular views of the City Market, this is the location to experience Charleston's finest.


Top Features

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  • In one of the most sought-after areas of downtown, right in the middle of the Historic District and overlooking the iconic Charleston City Market.


  • Square footage: 2,800 square feet

  • Standing: 210 people (including staff)

  • Seated at 60" rounds: 210 people (including staff)


  • Fully ADA accessible, with elevator

  • Ceilings 12'+

  • 150 gold chiavari chairs, 15 60" round tables, 2 8 ft. buffet tables included

  • 2 Custom-built bar carts included

  • Opulently-appointed bridal/hosts' suite provides a private area to relax and enjoy.

  • AV equipment (projector/screen/speakers/microphones), stage, ambient sound available

  • Powerful WiFi

  • Roman shades on each window

  • Warming kitchen ensures that Charleston's talented caterers will be able to serve the perfect meal.


  • Merchants Hall is entirely indoors and has one gathering room.

  • Merchants Hall has historic charm and modern finishes of its own, but the venue takes the background and lends itself wonderfully to the design of your event.

  • Merchants Hall is perfect for many types of events including: wedding rehearsals, ceremonies, receptions, welcome parties, bar and bat mitzvahs, corporate dinners and celebrations, etc. The list is endless... 


Most commonly, Merchants Hall is used for either a ceremony or reception, but we welcome its use for both. Planners and day-of coordinators are helpful in planning the ideal solution for your event. Here are a few examples:

  1. Set up everything needed for both events (aisle chairs, dining tables, decor, etc), OR

  2. Work with a vendor who specializes in draping, and use this beautiful technique to divide the room to create two spaces, OR

  3. Hire staff to ‘flip’ the space while you and your guests enjoy cocktail hour at a nearby bar or restaurant.


  • Events planners and their clients are permitted to use any caterers and vendors that they would prefer. Our preferred list is an excellent starting place.

  • The Bar at Merchants Hall is the exclusive alcohol provider.

  • Merchants Hall does not have food and beverage minimums.


  • Merchants Hall and many other events venues require the use of a professional event planner or day-of coordinator for weddings and their related events. Please visit the Charleston Wedding Guide or reach out for recommendations. For events unrelated to weddings, exceptions may be made at the discretion of the Director.


Merchants Hall is an excellent value, with:

  • All-day (noon-midnight) rentals

  • Complimentary tables and chairs

  • Complimentary setup and breakdown of in-house furniture

  • Straightforward, inclusive pricing (no surprise cleaning fees, etc.)

  • On Season

    • Weekdays (Monday - Thursday): $1800

    • Weekends (Friday - Sunday): $4500

  • Off-Season (Jan, Feb, July, August)

    • Weekdays (Monday - Thursday): $1700

    • Weekends (Friday - Sunday): $4000


  • 50% deposit due upon booking, remaining 50% due 24 hours prior to event.

  • $500 damage deposit due a week before event (promptly refunded in full as long as the space remains undamaged).

  • Final guest count due ten days prior to event.


Please send any mail to our office:
1049 Morrison Drive, Suite 202
Charleston, SC 29403

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We look forward to hearing from you, so please send us a message or reach us by phone at (843) 534-5029.