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Nestled in the heart of Downtown Columbia, South Carolina, 1208 Washington Place is an exquisite venue that exudes old-time charm. This remarkable wedding and event venue, dating back to 1924, boasts a well-deserved place on Columbia's list of historic buildings and is proudly listed on The National Historic Register. Originally home to The First National Bank, a financial institution that operated from 1924 until 1994, this venue retains the authenticity of its origins, featuring the original bank vaults, board room, windows, cielings and revolving door. 1208 Washington Place stands as the ideal setting for a wide range of occasions, from social events and corporate meetings to receptions and more.

Facilities and Capacity

1208 Washington Place offers an array of event spaces, each characterized by its distinct charm and versatility. The National Republic Ballroom evokes the nostalgia of a bygone era, welcoming guests with meticulously preserved 22' recessed textured ceilings, setting the stage for elegant gatherings accommodating up to 300 guests in a reception setting. The Washington Street Ballroom seamlessly melds the bank's original stocks & bonds room, presenting a contemporary and unique atmosphere with its floor-to-ceiling windows, exposed air ducts, and adaptable air walls, accommodating groups ranging from 5 to 300. Finally, The Library, once the bank's esteemed board room, exudes timeless beauty with its crown molding, marble walls and floors, oversized fireplace, and vintage Wainscot wall paneling, making it an exquisite choice for intimate meetings, bridal suite and imaginative social gatherings. The three levels of outdoor terraces and courtyard are tucked away by original brick walls that provide a quite sanctuary from the bustling city. The terraces are the perfect place for an outdoor cocktail hour or social event.

Services Offered

The team at 1208 Washington Place cordially invites you and your partner to celebrate your dream wedding in one of their three distinctive event spaces. Here, you and your guests will be transported back in time, surrounded by historical remnants such as vault doors, brickwork walls, and early 20th-century revolving doors and window frames. These spaces are available for your wedding ceremony, reception, engagement party, shower, or any other special event. You are encouraged to enlist the services of your preferred outside vendors to personalize your chosen space, while the venue's team stands ready to assist you. Reach out today to embark on an exploration of this magnificent and historically rich venue.

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Frequently asked questions

What is the minimum number of guests required to book your venue?

25

How many event spaces or rooms does your venue offer?

5

Describe your venue:

Banquet Hall
Historic Building
Rooftop

What kind of settings are available?

Indoor
Uncovered Outdoor

Which of the following wedding events does your venue service?

Ceremony
Reception
Bridal Shower
Engagement Party
Elopements
Rehearsal Dinner

What event services do you offer?

Accommodations
Clean Up
Get Ready Rooms
Outside Vendors
Pet Friendly
Wifi

What event items are available?

Altar/Arch
Chairs
Tables

What transportation and access is available?

Parking
Wheelchair Access

What months are included in your peak season?

March
April
May
September
October
November
December

What months are included in your off-peak season?

January
February
June
July
August
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Sheila H. Sent on 08/18/2023
5 out of 5 rating

Book 1208 Washington Place

“We had the most wonderful experience at 1208 Washington Place for my daughter’s wedding. The venue captured the exact vibe and atmosphere that my daughter and son-in-law were dreaming of. What truly made the experience exceptional was Morgan’s incredible flexibility and willingness to accommodate our needs throughout the entire process. From start to finish, everything was seamless and stress-free. If you’re looking for a venue that goes above and beyond to make your special day perfect, look no further. Booking 1208 Washington Place is a decision you won’t regret – we certainly didn’t!”
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John M. Sent on 02/27/2024
5 out of 5 rating

Outstanding Customer Support

Morgan was wonderful to work with on my daughter's wedding and reception. She met several times with us and our vendors to make sure everyone was on the same page. She was very flexible on our timeline and use of the facilities. I highly recommend the venue and you should ask for Morgan.
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Kendal S. Sent on 01/23/2024
5 out of 5 rating

Friendly Coordinator & Sales Team

The 1208 Washington team was the easiest part of wedding planning! They were prompt
In getting tours set up, questions answered, and details finalized. Using them as my venue was the best decision & helped my wedding day turn into my dream!
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