Contact Christian and Connie Labat, Owners/Managers
1427 Oretha Castle Haley Blvd
New Orleans, LA 70113
Is parking available?
Free on-street parking is available and ample. Our kind neighbors just around the corner (at 1300 S. Rampart St) also allow our patrons to use their parking lot after 8:00 PM.
What are your hours of operation?
New hours of operation will be announced as we approach our reopening. Check our website and Facebook page for when our reopening will take place. Currently, we anticipate reopening Fall 2021. Please contact us if you are interested in scheduling an event or would like to come by for a visit. Also, if interested in any of our artists' works, our gallery is open by appointment.
What is your venue's capacity?
In the past, our venue accommodated up to 225 people for an event. That number decreased as (additional) seating and tables were added to our floor space. *Once reopened, with regard to safe social-distancing, we anticipate our capacity to slightly decrease.
Do you have tables and chairs available for particular/private events?
We have built-in seating for 40 guests. We also have several (portable) tables available for food setup and/or displays. When aditional tables and chairs are needed, we direct clients to a local, reputable furniture rental company that we work with.
Do you have a kitchen and do you offer catering?
We do not have a kitchen, but we do offer catering. We have had many opportunities to work with several different caterers, including food trucks. And we can personally recommend and connect our clients with a catering service that we think will fit their needs.
Are clients allowed to bring in their own beverages for private events?
No. For private events of 40+ guests, we offer beverage packages to our clients. The cost is based on the number of expected guests and the selection of beverages. Clients also have the option of having a cah bar during their private events of less than 40 guests.
Are children allowed?
For scheduled and/or private events when alcoholic beverages are served, ALL guests must be 21 years of age and older. If someone wishes to schedule a visit/appointment, children are allowed but must be closely supervised.
Are clients allowed to bring in their own food and/or caterer for private events?
Yes. However, only approved professional catering companies/services are allowed. Over the past several years, The Building has had many opportunities to work with many local catering companies. We provide a list of approved professional caterers to our clients to choose from.
Do you allow decorators or party-planners to come in for private events?
Party planners are allowed. However, in general, we no longer allow decorating. If certain items are to be brought in, it must be discussed and approved before doing so.
What types of events can you host?
We are primarily an arts venue, but we can also host a variety of types of events, both public and private, including receptions, socials, business meetings and panel discussions. We can also accommodate film crews, in various capacities. Unfortunately, there are certain events we do not host. Please contact us to inquire.
Do you have audio and video?
Our stage is equipped with an audio system. We currently do not have a video system. However, we can direct our clients to a local, reputable company that can provide all types of video and lighting needs. Our venue has wi-fi.