25 South Queen Street Lancaster, PA 17603
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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

 

CBW

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

 

Zenkaikon VIII

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

 

Seether

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

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