Experience an evening of elegance and grace in one of South Carolina’s most historic buildings.
Located in downtown Charleston, the Old Exchange offers an exceptional combination of value and convenience for your special event, whether a corporate meeting, wedding reception, group dinner, or fundraiser. Event rentals include access to the top two floors of the building and optional tours of the Provost Dungeon. Our featured rooms include the Great Hall (top floor), S. C. D. A. R. Room (main level), and the Isaac Hayne Room (top floor).
For more information, please contact our event coordinator, Kathryn Hernandez (843-727-2165 or 1-888-763-0448).
The Great Hall
One of Charleston’s premiere event spaces, the Great Hall is the largest room at the Exchange. President George Washington was entertained in this space multiple times in 1791. Two fireplaces with mantels adorn the north and south sides of the room, while a picturesque view over historic Broad Street can give your event a distinctive “Charleston” flair.
The Great Hall measures 43’ x 47’ and can accommodate up to 150 people. Eight feet of space separates each of the room’s twelve Ionic columns, each of which are positioned 34” from the wall. An elevator offers easy access for guests, caterers, florists, and other vendors. A modern commercial kitchen is located convenient to the elevator.
Isaac Hayne Room
Located at the northeast corner of the top floor, the Isaac Hayne Room adjoins the Great Hall and measures 16.5' x 21.5.' It provides an ideal space for a bartender or additional staging or seating.
S. C. D. A. R. Room
This room is located on the north side of the main level and is furnished with colonial green Windsor chairs and a number of historic paintings. The walls are painted a soft sea island gray with white trim and woodwork. This room measures 26' x 45' and is the perfect space for a cocktail hour or lounge. Due to the fragile nature of the historic collections on display in this space, we do not permit dinners, banquets, or dancing in this area.
For an additional fee, the Old Exchange also offers optional guided tours of the Provost Dungeon until 8PM.
Access to the Provost Dungeon is *not* included in the contract price.
Hours of Availability
The Old Exchange is available for rent between the hours of 5PM and 12AM. Setup is NOT permitted until the building closes to the public at 5PM. Overtime fees are charged for events that extend past midnight. Because of the Exchange's historical significance, we ask and expect our rental clients to help in safeguarding the site and its contents.
Reserving A Date In Advance
We recommend reserving your desired event date as soon as possible. A 50% deposit is required to hold a desired date. Clients will be asked to provide a major credit card (Visa, MasterCard, or Discover) to hold with their contract. The Old Exchange holds the card for security. For convenience, most clients choose to have their credit card billed in case there is a balance remaining at the evening’s end due to event staff and security guard overtime fees (if the event goes past midnight), additional last minute equipment rental fees, or any damages that may occur during the event.
Clients must also provide a Certificate of Liability Insurance with coverage of at least $600,000, naming the Old Exchange as an “additional insured.”
If your event requires the services of a catering company, you are welcome to select a caterer of your choice, however they must be approved by Old Exchange management. Most local catering companies are familiar with the Old Exchange and its guidelines. On-site kitchen facilities are available to your preferred caterer at no extra cost. Prior to your event, your caterer must return a signed Caterer's Agreement to the Old Exchange's event coordinator.
If any service provider fails to perform the required clean-up or incurs any damages, a fee will be assessed to you, the client.
When serving alcoholic beverages, you must select a bar service company or individual(s) who can provide evidence of liquor liability insurance coverage of at least $1,000,000 prior to your event. Your Certificate of Liability Insurance must name the Old Exchange as an “additional insured.”
Florists & Decorators
You may select any florist or decorator of your choice for your event, however they must be approved by Old Exchange management. Additionally, we require removal of all floral and decorating items at the end of the evening.
The Old Exchange can accommodate a DJ or band of your choosing during your function, however they must be approved by Old Exchange management. We recommend using a band or instrumental group no larger than four pieces due to acoustics, limited electrical capacity, and limited available space for dancing (if dancing is desired).
To accommodate any visitor with physical limitations and to facilitate event setup and breakdown, an elevator is accessible from ground level to all floors of the building.
To ensure the safety of your guests and the integrity of our collections, the Old Exchange provides security guards who must be present on site for the duration of your event. The cost of guards is included in the contract price. Guards report at 5 pm and depart when all service personnel have vacated the site. The number of guards required is at the discretion of the Old Exchange management and will be determined by such factors as number of guests and type of function. A minimum of two guards is required for all functions. If the event extends past midnight, security guard overtime fees will be charged to your credit card.
Please ask about our equipment rentals.