Wedding Reception Set-up in 1840s City Lites - Sachs Photography

1840s City Lites

The second floor of the Fava Building, 1840s City Lites, is an exciting venue for meetings and parties. City Lites boasts a fun lounge-like atmosphere complete with the historic White Tower Diner, a centerpiece attraction when the building housed the Baltimore City Life Museums. This unique setting is ideal for cocktail parties, networking events, fundraisers, bar and bat mitzvahs, and other corporate and private events.

The City Lites conference room may also be reserved for meetings, seminars and conferences. For mid-week conference room rental rates, click here.

2016/2017 Wedding and Party Venue Rental Rates for 1840s City Lites

Basic 4-hour Rental Current Rates
Fridays* $4,000.00
Saturday and Holidays* $5,000.00
Sunday – Thursday** $3,000.00
Courtyard (Add $200 for valet extension) $900.00
Additional Hour (Add $200 for valet extension)  $600.00
Additional 1/2 Hour (Add $100 for valet extension) $300.00
Additional Set-Up/Break-Down Time (Per Hour) $150.00

*Rates subject to change.
*Valet is included only on Friday and Saturday nights and is excluded on Holidays and Holiday weekends.
*Sunday rentals cannot start prior to 5 p.m.


Days Hours
Monday-Saturday 8 a.m.-1 a.m.
Sunday 5 p.m.- 1 a.m.


A caterer may be chosen from our approved list.
Click here for List of Caterers.

Note: When two weddings are held on the same floor on Saturdays, the same caterer must be used by both parties. Choice of caterer goes to the first scheduled lessee. Choice of caterer must be made within 8 weeks or within one month of notification of second event; whichever comes first. If not, caterer of choice goes to the first person notifying decision of caterer.


150 seated banquet-style, 250 standing or seated theater-style


Date for 1840s Plaza will held by a $1,000 (non-refundable) deposit in cash or check. Balance due three months prior to the event. If canceled more than six months in advance there will be a $500 refund. If canceled between three and six months there will be a $50 refund. Three months and under, no refund on all money received.


Rental includes 150 Chivari chairs, 15-60″ round tables

Additional Rentals:

Equipment Cost
Chivari Chairs $7.00 each
60″ Round Tables $10.00 each
6 ft. Tables $10.00 each
8 ft. Tables $10.00 each

Please note: Based on the type of event, additional security may be required through 1840s Corporation. The Lessee is responsible for the payment of added security. If your event requires security, two stationary guards are required, as well as one guard per every 50 guests. To find out if your event requires security, inquire within.