Private Parties

Hold your next event at the Castle, and make it an historic occasion!

Nestled in the stunning waterfront Fort Totten Park, the Castle is the ideal place for your story-book wedding, engagement party, bridal or baby shower, reunion, or any other special event. Dating back to 1887, the landmark-designated Gothic Revival-style building reflects the grand décor of a by-gone era. Having served as the Officers’ Club for the Fort for more than 75 years, this unique venue can be tailored to your event’s distinctive needs.


A variety of beautiful spaces and rooms are available for your exclusive use, including an intimate tea room with adjoining gallery; a sunlit library with cathedral ceilings; and a grand ballroom with breathtaking views. The versatility of the Castle can accommodate an intimate gathering or a banquet for 150 guests. Schedule an appointment to discover how you can create a truly unforgettable experience for you and your guests.

 

Contact us at 718-352-1548 or e-mail siterental@baysidehistorical.org.

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Rental Capacity and Cost

*available by special arrangement only

General Information

 

Rental fees are based on a six (6) hour period, which includes one hour of set-up time and one hour of clean-up time. Prices subject to change. Final prices will be included in the BHS agreement. Event rentals include:

  • Tables and chairs for up to 150 guests

  • Use of our kitchen by your caterer as a staging area for your event. All cooking should take place off-site. We are happy to recommend Papazzio in Bayside, Queens, for your catering needs.

  • Use of first-floor coatroom

 

Additional time for your event is available at an hourly rate. We ask that your event end no later than midnight.

Discounts

 

We are pleased to make available a 10% discount on all fees to BHS members who have maintained an active membership for six (6) months or more at the time of booking the event.

Special Event Insurance

 

BHS requires all individuals and organizations holding events at the Castle to obtain liability insurance and submit this to BHS ten (10) days or more prior to the event.

Security/Damage Deposit

 

$250-500, depending on the event space. If everything is left in satisfactory condition, the deposit fee will be returned to you within thirty days. You will be liable for any damage or loss incurred in excess of the deposit and will be billed accordingly.  

Alcohol

 

If you wish to serve alcohol — beer, wine, champagne, hard liquor — you must make arrangements through a licensed and insured caterer, as mandated by the New York State Liquor Authority. Our staff is happy to provide you with additional information.

Parking

 

Free on-site parking is available on weekday evenings and weekends to guests with advance registration.

Event Set-up

 

Outside of your event hours, we can offer you up to four hours of set-up time during our business hours. This is subject to BHS needs and after discussion and agreement with BHS. Should you or your vendors require earlier access or additional time to set up on the day of your event, an hourly fee will apply as per the contract. We are happy to work with you on all these details to ensure a smooth and stress-free event!

Clean-up

 

You and your caterer are responsible for clean-up following the event. Tables must be broken down, chairs stacked, kitchen surfaces wiped clean, and trash and recyclables removed as part of clean-up.

Bayside Historical Society
208 Totten Avenue

Fort Totten
Bayside, NY 11359

718-352-1548

info@baysidehistorical.org

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