The City of Marion maintains two historic buildings within the downtown that are available for rental to individuals, groups, and organizations for meetings, receptions, parties, and other functions. Both locations are within walking distance of local restaurants, shops, and other amenities. Local businesses offer regular catering at the Community Building, day or night, for more information on local catering services please contact the Marion Business Association or the McDowell County Chamber of Commerce. Space may be rented for an entire day(s) or portion(s) of a day. Rental rates are affordable for daytime and/or nighttime events, seven days a week. For additional rental information or information on rates and scheduling please contact City Hall at 828-652-3551.
A list of the rules and regulations is provided to all persons renting the Community Building or Marion Depot, a link to the rules and regulations are available as well. The City requires a signed contract and a security deposit, in order to rent either building. With a few exceptions, use of the building for any commercial or non-commercial purpose is allowed. Persons wishing to rent the Community Building or Marion Depot are urged to contact the City well in advance, as the building often rents quickly.
The Marion Train Depot, located at 58 Depot Street, was originally constructed in 1867 as a freight depot to serve Marion on the Western Rail Line, making the building one of the oldest surviving depots in Western North Carolina.
The Community Building, located at 191 North Main Street across from City Hall, was constructed in 1936 as a WPA project, as part of the New Deal Program, and has served the community for many years.