Convention Center, Lancaster, Pennsylvania
Anchoring Lancaster's historic Penn Square, the integrated Lancaster County Convention Center and Lancaster Marriott Hotel are located in the heart of energetic Downtown Lancaster, recognized as America's oldest inland city.
Abundant flexible space for a wide array of events
With more than 46,000 square feet of unobstructed meeting and exhibit space and two ballrooms each offering more than 8,700 elegant square feet, the facility offers meeting planners abundant, flexible space for groups ranging in size up to 5,000. Savvy visitors will enjoy the very latest in high-tech amenities within a total combined meeting space of more than 90,000 square feet. This facility offers vast expanses of bright, naturally lit space, luxuriously appointed interiors with warm cosmopolitan tones and generous cherry wood accents, and singular vantage points onto the Downtown.
Generous amenities include full-service gourmet banquet facilities; wireless connectivity throughout the facility; two on-site business centers; concession areas in the exhibit hall; a fine dining restaurant/lounge with 100-seat dining room and private dining; lobby bar; lavish indoor swimming pool and whirlpool; 1,300-square-foot exercise room; and two spa treatment rooms.
A site brimming with American history
Paying remarkable homage to the region's history, the integrated complex incorporates historic structures and important historical narratives within and around its new architecture. The entrance at the intersection of King and Queen Streets incorporates the iconic 19th-century façade of the landmark Watt & Shand department store, a Beaux Arts style structure designed by native Lancaster architect C. Emlen Urban.
The area in and around the convention center complex also encompasses the Thaddeus Stevens & Lydia Hamilton Smith Historic Site, with future development under the leadership of LancasterHistory.org.
This site includes the former residence, law office, and Kleiss Tavern owned by powerful political leader, U.S. Congressman, and abolitionist Thaddeus Stevens. Stevens is considered the father of public education and authored the 13th, 14th, and 15th Amendments to the U.S. Constitution – those ending slavery, extending equal protection to all citizens, and granting all male citizens the right to vote.
Stevens' home and law office in 2011 were named by the National Park Service as a National Underground Railroad Network to Freedom site.
In addition to the Stevens' properties, the complex area also includes boarding houses that belonged to Lydia Hamilton Smith, a free woman of color and Stevens' business manager and confidante. Mrs. Smith was a widow with two young sons when she first became Stevens' housekeeper in 1847, and she would come to operate her own successful businesses in Lancaster and Washington, D.C. at a time when few women had yet done so.
From the lobby off the Vine Street entrance to the convention center, guests are able to view a water cistern unearthed during a pre-construction archeological dig. The cistern dates from the Civil War period and was modified in a manner that more than suggests Stevens and Smith used it to hide Americans escaping slavery along the Underground Railroad system.
Together, these historic structures help define a historic precinct in Downtown Lancaster that provides a tangible link to Stevens and Smith and the inspiring narrative themes connected to their achievements – civil rights, equality, slavery, the Civil War, women's history, and public education – themes important to the understanding and appreciation of the quality of life we enjoy in America today.
Voice of the Prophets
April 1-5, 2014
Taste of Lancaster County
April 6, 2014
April 10, 2014
CXE Event Cheer and Dance Competition
April 12, 2014
PMCA Annual Production Conference
April 14, 2014
2014 Launch Music Conference
April 17-19, 2014
PPTA 2014 Annual Spring Conference and Expo
April 23-25, 2014
April 24-27, 2014
DAS Distributors Inc. Annual Conference
April 30-May 1, 2014
2014 Showstopper Lancaster Event
May 2-4, 2014
Manheim Township High School Prom
May 10, 2014
May 13, 2014
AME African Methodist Episcopal 1st District 2014 Philadelphia Annual Conference
May 12-18, 2014
Hope International Banquet
May 15, 2014
The USTD 2014 Lancaster PA Competition
May 16-18, 2014
Pennsylvania College of Health Sciences
May 22, 2014
American Taekwondo District Championship
June 7, 2014
McCaskey High School Graduation
June 11, 2014
D&H Distributing 2014 Annual Back to School Show
June 17-20, 2014
PACAC Annual 2014 Convention
June 21-24, 2014
2014 Food & Spirits Festival
July 13, 2014
2014 Creative Crafts Creating Keepsakes Scrapbook Convention
July 23-26, 2014
CCAP 2014 Annual Conference
August 3-4, 2014
Best Wedding Showcase
August 10, 2014