The Powerhouse

1333 Camino Del Rio, Durango, CO 81301 Map · Phone number · Visit website
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Guest capacity 10 to 350
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About The Powerhouse

Nestled along the scenic Animas River, The Powerhouse is a wedding venue located in the heart of downtown Durango, Colorado. This picturesque riverfront property provides a charming and nostalgic location for couples to celebrate their momentous occasion of love. The historic building dates back to 1893, when it was constructed as a coal-fired alternating current power plant. At the time, AC was still a new energy source, and the Durango Light and Power Company were discouraged from taking on this risky enterprise. However, their daring paid off, and the power plant brought energy, innovation, and jobs to Durango for many years. The plant closed in the 1970s, until it was rescued by the Children’s Museum of Durango in 1999 and reopened as a science center. Today, its Mission-style architecture, the first of its kind outside of California, offers an atmospheric space for couples to wed surrounded by a storied past.

Facilities and Capacity
The Powerhouse has several indoor and outdoor locations for ceremonies and receptions both large and small. The Powerhouse Plaza, draped with string lights and overlooking the Animas River, can accommodate up to 150 guests for dinner and dancing. The terracotta roof, brick patio, and views of the mountains make this a beautiful setting for celebrations of love. This outdoor area also features a wooden bridge that leads over the river that can be used for pictures or making a grand entrance. Indoors, the Southern Ute Indian Tribe Energy Gallery can host up to 300 guests, and comes with unique exhibits of scientific inquiry. The Boiler Room holds approximately 30 guests and can also be used for more intimate gatherings including ceremonies and cocktail hours.

Services Offered
Rental of The Powerhouse comes with assistance with setup and cleanup, linens, and plenty of parking. The Gallery is also fully equipped with a sound system, which can be used for toasts, music and dancing, and more. For couples’ convenience, a wedding coordinator is available to help plan the memorable event and make sure everything runs smoothly on the big day. Guests can also explore the city of Durango during the wedding weekend, which boasts numerous fine dining restaurants, bars, shopping, and outdoor adventures.

Nice lighting
Nice lighting
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The Powerhouse
Bridge across the Animas
Bridge across the Animas
View from the bridge
View from the bridge
Summer weddings
Summer weddings
Fun and relaxed atmosphere
Fun and relaxed atmosphere
Wedding party on the bridge
Wedding party on the bridge
Outdoor table settings
Outdoor table settings
Outdoor plaza space
Outdoor plaza space
Outdoor plaza
Outdoor plaza
Various cake cutting tables
Various cake cutting tables
Customize your seating layout
Customize your seating layout
Customize the space
Customize the space
Indoor gallery seating
Indoor gallery seating
Winter wedding venue
Winter wedding venue
Fun for the whole family
Fun for the whole family
Lawn game rentals
Lawn game rentals
Champagne toasts
Champagne toasts
Nice lighting
Nice lighting
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The Powerhouse
Bridge across the Animas
Bridge across the Animas

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The Powerhouse FAQ

  • Do you have a site fee for wedding receptions at your venue?
    No
  • What is the starting site fee for wedding receptions during peak season?
    $ 2750
  • What is the starting site fee for wedding receptions during off-peak season?
    $ 1650
  • Do you have a site fee for wedding ceremonies at your venue?
    No
  • What is the starting site fee for wedding ceremonies during peak season?
    $ 500
  • Which of the following are included in starting site fee?
    Clean Up
    Event Planning
    Lighting/Sound
    Linens
    Parking
    Set Up
  • What is the starting price per person for bar service?
    $ 5
  • Which of the following are included in the starting price for bar service?
    Bartender(s)
    House Beer
    House Liquor
    House Wine
    Limited Bar
    Open Bar
    Premium Liquor
    Specialty Beer
    Specialty Wine
  • What is the maximum capacity of your venue?
    350
  • What is the minimum number of guests required to book your venue?
    10
  • How many event spaces or rooms does your venue offer?
    4
  • Describe your venue:
    Garden
    Historic Building
    Museum
    Waterfront
  • What kind of settings are available?
    Indoor
    Covered Outdoor
    Uncovered Outdoor
    Scenic Views
  • 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?
    Bar Services
    Clean Up
    Event Rentals
    Liability Insurance
    Lighting / Sound
    Outside Vendors
    Pet Friendly
    Set Up
    Wifi
  • What bar services do you provide?
    Bartender(s)
    Cash Bar
    Champagne Toast
    House Beer
    House Liquor
    House Wine
    Limited Bar
    Liquor License
    Open Bar
    Premium Liquor
    Signature Drink
    Specialty Beer
    Specialty Wine
  • What event items are available?
    Audio Equipment
    Chairs
    Lighting
    Tables
    Tents
  • What food and beverage items are available?
    Linens
  • What transportation and access is available?
    Parking
    Wheelchair Access
  • What months are included in your peak season?
    June
    July
    August
    September
    October
  • What months are included in your off-peak season?
    January
    February
    March
    April
    May
    November
    December

Team of The Powerhouse

Charlotte

Charlotte

Events Director

Meet Charlotte, our events manager. Charlotte has been running weddings and events at The Powerhouse since 2018, and will be with you every step of the way to make sure that your big day goes by without a hitch.

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  • 1333 Camino Del Rio Durango, CO, 81301 See on map
    (970) 259-9234 (Phone number)
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The Powerhouse frequently asked questions

What items and services are included in the starting site fee at The Powerhouse?

The Powerhouse includes the following items and services for wedding events in its starting site fee:

  • Clean Up
  • Event Planning
  • Lighting/Sound
  • Linens
  • Parking
  • Set Up

At The Powerhouse, what does the bar service starting price include?

The bar service starting price at The Powerhouse includes:

  • Bartender(s)
  • House Beer
  • House Liquor
  • House Wine
  • Limited Bar
  • Open Bar
  • Premium Liquor
  • Specialty Beer
  • Specialty Wine

What are the most important characteristics of The Powerhouse in terms of venue type, style and location?

The space offered by The Powerhouse for wedding events is known for:

  • Garden
  • Historic Building
  • Museum
  • Waterfront

What kind of indoor/outdoor options are available at The Powerhouse for wedding events?

The Powerhouse offers the following indoor/outdoor options for weddings:

  • Indoor
  • Covered Outdoor
  • Uncovered Outdoor
  • Scenic Views

What kind of wedding events does The Powerhouse offer?

The Powerhouse offers the following types of wedding events:

  • Ceremony
  • Reception
  • Bridal Shower
  • Engagement Party
  • Elopements
  • Rehearsal Dinner

What services does The Powerhouse offer for wedding events?

The Powerhouse offers the following services for wedding events:

  • Bar Services
  • Clean Up
  • Event Rentals
  • Liability Insurance
  • Lighting / Sound
  • Outside Vendors
  • Pet Friendly
  • Set Up
  • Wifi

What furniture and decorations does The Powerhouse have available for wedding events?

The Powerhouse offers the following furniture and decor items for weddings:

  • Audio Equipment
  • Chairs
  • Lighting
  • Tables
  • Tents