Facilities & Rentals
The Cultural Arts Department continues to sponsor programs/events and manage rental space at Sterett Hall at the Navy Yard, North Charleston Riverfront Park, as well as 2 locations in the Olde Village area of North Charleston. For rental information or to set an on-site appointment, please contact Richard Campbell at 843-740-5853. An event contract, which includes detailed information on spaces and fees, is available for download at the bottom of this page.
Sterett Hall is located on the former Charleston Naval Base, just off N. Hobson Avenue, approximately two blocks from the McMillan Avenue entrance. Facilities within Sterett Hall may be rented for use by individuals, guilds, civic groups, and public, private, or governmental agencies. There is ample parking in both the front and rear of the building.
The Sterett Hall Auditorium is a 960-seat theater-style space for events such as concerts, theatre productions, presentations, or large group meetings. The Auditorium features a proscenium stage with house and stage lighting, in-house sound equipment, and dressing rooms. The lobby is equipped with a ticket desk and sufficient room for registration tables or concessions. Both the Auditorium and the stage are handicap accessible.
Located on the second floor of Sterett Hall is a Reception Hall with the capacity to hold approximately 200 people (150 banquet capacity). Rental of this space includes the use of 9 rectangle tables, 2 serving counters, 100 padded folding chairs, a piano, and a podium. Additional tables, chairs, and equipment may be rented at an additional cost based on availability. Events in the Reception Hall may be catered; however, alcohol is not permitted. An elevator lift is available for use by handicapped individuals and for deliveries.
Office Space & Meeting Rooms
Office space and meeting rooms are also located on the second floor of Sterett Hall. These spaces are available for one-time use or on an ongoing rental basis.
Adjacent to the Auditorium is the Sterett Hall Gymnasium, equipped with basketball goals, bleachers, and a separate weight room. The Gym is operated by the City of North Charleston Recreation Department and offers scheduled hours of usage for recreational teams, schools, and the public. Operating hours are Monday-Thursday, 8:30AM-8:00PM; Friday, 8:30-5:00PM; and Saturday, 9:00AM-1:00PM. The gym is closed on Sundays. Contact the Recreation Department at 843-740-1028 for more information.
CLASSROOMS & STUDIOS
The Rhodes Arts Center is a three-story brick building located on the former Charleston Naval Base next to the former Academic Magnet High School campus. One half of the first floor (9,000 sq. ft.) has been renovated and features an office space, a classroom, and 10 artist studios. Classroom space is available for workshops/classes in all art disciplines, meetings, etc. The Cultural Arts Department uses this classroom space each year to host Summer Visual Arts Camp. Studio space is rented to local artists, musicians, and designers at an affordable rate on a month-to-month. The artists have 24-hour access to the building and use their space as a working studio and/or showroom. There is ample parking in both the front and rear of the building.
REHEARSAL SPACE & MEETING ROOMS
The Production Hall is a one-story concrete building located a few hundred feet from Sterett Hall. It is currently used by cultural and community groups on an ongoing basis for regularly scheduled rehearsal and/or meeting space.
Riverfront Park is open to the public year-round and has become a favorite destination for residents and visitors. Set on the banks of the beautiful Cooper River, the park is adjacent to the historic homes once occupied by Charleston Naval Base officers, surrounded by graceful grand oak trees and peaceful river vistas. The park boasts a magnificent contemporary Performance Pavilion, expansive lawn, and Picnic Shelter, which provide a wonderful outdoor setting for small and large scale events, such as the City’s 4th of July Celebration, the North Charleston Arts Festival Grand Finale, concerts, festivals, family reunions, weddings, birthday parties, and more. Other park attractions include ten acres of walking paths, a fishing pier, a boardwalk, a fenced-in dog park, an oversized sandbox, and children’s play fountain.
In addition, Riverfront Park is home to the Greater Charleston Naval Base Memorial, erected in honor of the countless military personnel and civilians that served the United States and the Greater Charleston region while the Charleston Navy Base was operational. The Memorial is the only location in the United States that displays both the Lone Sailor and the Homecoming statues. The park also hosts the North Charleston Cultural Arts Department’s annual National Outdoor Sculpture Competition and Exhibition. The eleven month exhibition (May through March) features large-scale contemporary sculptures by established and emerging artists from across the country. Areas of the park available for rental through the Cultural Arts Department are the Performance Pavilion and lawn, the Picnic Shelter, and the boardwalk.
Located at 1077 East Montague Avenue, this building is in the heart of the revitalized Olde Village of North Charleston. Formerly a store-front business, the one story building features a carpeted open room, suitable for standing receptions or small group meetings. The storefront windows host exhibitions of fine art, photography, and fine crafts, which rotate on a bi-monthly basis. A wooden podium and a limited number of folding chairs and tables are available for use by small groups. Free parking is available along the newly renovated streetscape of East Montague Avenue.
This general-use facility is located just around the corner from the Meeting Place at 4820 Jenkins Avenue. Formerly home to the Charleston Area Model Railroad Club, the building now hosts weekly film screenings by the Greater Park Circle Film Society. The one story concrete building features a large open room suitable for meetings, presentations, and small events. Free parking is available in the marked spaces lining Jenkins Avenue.
EVENT CONTRACT FORM
Policy regarding Alcohol at Public Festivals or Special Events