The Highland Park Community House is a beautifully renovated historic landmark available for private and for non-profit rentals. Our red brick Colonial-Revival-style house features a spacious ballroom, large living room with bay windows, a commercial kitchen, new restrooms and three outdoor garden areas. The Community House is fully air-conditioned and has a handicap accessible entrance and washroom.
A historic treasure of Highland Park, the Community House serves as a beautiful host to a wide array of functions from wedding receptions and ceremonies, Bar/Bat Mitzvahs, business meetings, corporate programs, speakers programs, holiday parties, cultural seminars, theater rehearsals, theater productions and fundraising events; to special, more personal celebrations such as anniversaries and birthdays.
Our elegant ballroom can accommodate 200 seated guests with a dance floor and 300 people for a stand up/cocktail reception. The ballroom features a vaulted ceiling with vintage light features, a hardwood floor and a performance stage. Arched French doors line the ballroom and overlook our north lawn and Heritage Garden. Guests enter the ballroom through a gracious foyer featuring a fireplace and an heirloom desk.
Our more intimate living room with large bay windows can seat up to 100 attendees and is available for smaller events, programs, meetings and lectures. When combined with the foyer, 200 guests can be accommodated for a standing reception.
Our Heritage Garden adjacent to the Community House provides an unusual setting for events in spring, summer and early fall. An ever-changing panorama of color, this beautiful retreat is a grand extension of the ballroom and weather permitting allows guests an opportunity to enjoy the beauty of the garden along a winding brick pathway.
The garden remains a living heritage to Jesse Lowe Smith, a beloved school superintendent of Highland Park who for more than 30 years guided the education of the children of Highland Park and instilled in them a sense of national and community pride. The garden also is a welcome respite to the community as a place for study, relaxation and enjoyment.