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The Center has beautiful, natural light-filled rooms and spaces in two modern/industrial buildings — Ironworks and Brassworks — available for use for events and meetings of all sizes. We have facilities suited to a wide range of activities, from small group meetings to ballroom dance classes to batting practice to wedding receptions. We can also provide catering and beverage service for your event. 

We opened our doors at the renovated Kupfer Ironworks building in 2008. In September 2018, the Brassworks building opened to double our campus and meet the increasing needs of our community. With over 60,000 square feet of space, we have a variety of rooms available — from small meeting rooms to classrooms to large spaces suitable for weddings. The Center also includes a 12,000 square foot gymnasium, an outside green, a splash pad and a direct connection to the Capital City Bike Trail. The Center offers wireless access throughout the facility.

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We know it's not possible to gather large groups safely at this time, but what about a small event or meeting? Our light-filled rooms are perfect for intimate baby and bridal showers, book club gatherings, birthdays, meetings or any reason you might want to bring together your closest friends and family. We'll take care of table and chair set-up (you provide the decorations), and we'll do the clean-up too. And to make it even easier, our on-site catering service, Working Class Catering, is ready to provide food for your guests. 

The Goodman Community Center does not endorse or support any political or religious groups using space at the center. Any political or religious group is a private facility renter.

PLEASE NOTE:

Facility rentals are allowed for groups of 10 or fewer only (must maintain social distancing)

Room space and time restrictions:

  • Merrill Lynch, Bea Christensen, Lau Christensen, Bolz A and Bolz B rooms are available starting at 6pm Monday-Friday, and weekends only
  • No other spaces available during this time

For more information and to check on availability contact:

Amy Manteufel, Events Manager
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608-204-8051
Margo Tiedt, Events Coordinator
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608-204-8028

Sam Holben, Director of Hospitality & Business Services
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608-204-8062 

Photo: Brett Anderson Photography

Goodman Ironworks building

149 Waubesa Street, Madison, WI 53704  //  View Google map

Ironworks building layout

*Please note that with room setups to accommodate buffet tables, head tables or stage risers, seating capacity for guests may be significantly reduced, and some room arrangement may be needed by you during your event.


Photo: Nikki N Photography

Evjue Room

The Evjue Room is a beautiful, large community room on the south end of the Ironworks building. This carpeted space has 19 multi-paned windows facing both Waubesa Street and the Capital City Bike Path, exposed blonde brick, steel beams and rough-hewn oak walls. 

The Evjue Room is approximately 2,100 square feet (34ft x 56ft+), and accommodates up to 104 guests at 13, 60-inch round tables of eight chairs each. 

AV access, which is included in the room rental price, consists of a dropdown screen, a ceiling projector and built-in speakers.Rental of the Evjue Room includes the carpeted foyer immediately outside the room’s doors. This space has a coatrack and optional Canteen bar, and is a useful extension of the Evjue room for a welcome table or lounge area, depending on the nature of the event.

Floor Plan for 80 Guests  //  Floor Plan for 126 Guests


Photo: Laura Zastrow Photography

Merrill Lynch Room

The Merrill Lynch Room has exposed blonde brick walls and steel beams with five multi-paned windows facing Waubesa Street. It also features a sprung wood floor, ideal for exercise and dance.

The Merrill Lynch Room is approximately 860 square feet (19ft x 24ft+) and accommodates up to 40 guests seated at five round tables (60 inches) of eight chairs each.

AV access, which is included in the room rental price, consists of a mounted 75-inch screen and built-in speakers.

Floor Plan for 20 Guests  //  Floor Plan for 40 Guests


Photo: Mike Rebholz

Evjue + Merrill Lynch Rooms

The Evjue and Merrill Lynch rooms can be combined to accommodate large groups. Together they feature exposed blonde brick walls and beams with 23 south- and west-facing multi-paned windows with views onto the Capital City Bike Trail and Waubesa Street. The Evjue Room is carpeted, while the Merrill Lynch Room has a sprung, blonde wood floor, perfect for dancing and other activities.

Together, the Evjue and Merrill Lynch Rooms are approximately 2,900 square feet and accommodate up to 144 guests seated at 18 round tables (60 inches) of eight chairs each.

AV access, which is included in the room rental price, consists of built-in speakers that may be synced throughout the space, a dropdown screen on the south wall with a ceiling-mounted projector, and a 75-inch screen in the Merrill Lynch portion.

Rental of the two joined rooms includes the carpeted foyer located immediately outside the Evjue Room’s doors. This space has a coatrack and optional Canteen bar, and is a useful extension of the Evjue Room for a welcome table or lounge area, depending on the nature of the event.

Take a 360° Google Tour of the Evjue + Merrill Lynch Rooms (and the whole building)

Floor Plan for 144 Guests


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Bolz Room A

Bolz Room A is a carpeted space with steel beams and nine multi-paned windows that look onto Waubesa Street.
Bolz Room A is approximately 1,035 square feet (45ft x 23ft) and accommodates up to 60 guests seated at round tables (48 inches) of six chairs each.

AV access, which is included in the room rental price, consists of a dropdown screen, a ceiling projector and built-in speakers. The equipment is intended for background music and speaking presentations; amplified music is not allowed in this space.

Bolz Room A has an attached service kitchen that may also be rented for an additional $40 per event. The service kitchen includes a six-burner gas range with a two-compartment oven, a sink and small microwave, a commercial dish sanitizer, three 4ft x 2ft counters, and one shelf of refrigeration. Utensils and cookware are not provided.

Floor Plan for 54 Guests


Photo: Jonah Westrich

Bolz Room B

Bolz Room B has blonde exposed brick walls with three multi-paned windows that face Waubesa Street and a sprung wood floor ideal for exercise and dance.

Bolz room B is approximately 437 square feet (19ft x 23ft) and accommodates up to 24 guests seated at round tables (48 inches) of six chairs each.

AV access, which is included in the room rental price, consists of a pulldown screen, a ceiling projector and built-in speakers. The equipment is intended for background music and speaking presentations; amplified music is not allowed in this space.

Floor Plan for 14 Guests  //  Floor Plan for 24 Guests


Bolz Rooms A + B

Bolz rooms A and B can be rented together to create a larger combined space. Together they have an exposed bring wall with 12 multi-paned windows facing Waubesa Street. Bolz Room A has carpeted floors and Bolz Room B has a blonde sprung wood floor suitable for dancing or easy-clean-up activities.

Together, Bolz rooms A and B are 1,472 square feet and accommodate up to 84 guests seated at round tables (48 inches) of six chairs each, or up to 125 guests seated theatre-style.

AV access, which is included in the room rental price, consists of built-in speakers that may be synced throughout the space, and two screens with ceiling projectors. The equipment is intended for background music and speaking presentations; amplified music is not allowed in this space.

These spaces have a service kitchen (attached to Bolz Room A) that may also be rented for an additional $40 per event. The service kitchen includes a six-burner gas range with a two-compartment oven, a sink and small microwave, a commercial dish sanitizer, three 4ft x 2ft counters, and one shelf of refrigeration. Utensils and cookware are not provided.

Floor Plan for 125 Guests


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Photo: Jonah Westrich

Morton Mezzanine Meeting Spaces

The Morton Mezzanine Meeting Spaces are tucked up in the Ironworks building’s raised second story. Surrounded by glass panels and the clerestory windows, punctuated by potted greenery, these airy spaces are designed for casual meetings; the spaces are only somewhat private and not entirely soundproof. These are the only non-handicapped accessible spaces in the Ironworks building, reached by way of a 19-step flight of stairs. Conference tables and seating are designed for meetings for groups of 10 (Mezzanine B) or 12 (Mezzanine A).

Morton Mezzanine A measures 19.5ft x 17ft and the furniture, which is provided and set as is, includes a conference table (8ft x 3ft), a smaller rectangular table (5ft x 3ft) and wheeled chairs. It even has a terrarium!

Morton Mezzanine B measures 17.5ft x 11.5ft and is a free drop-in space, available to be shared by all users. The furniture, which is provided and set as is, includes a conference table (6ft x 3.5ft), a smaller rectangular table (5ft x 3ft) and wheeled chairs.


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Photo: Mike Rebholz

Gymnasium

The Gymnasium, sides A and B, as a whole (approx. 110ft by 80ft), or halved by a heavy (though not sound-proof) curtain is perfect for athletic events, kids’ parties and performances.

Both Gym A and Gym B may be rented separately or together. Each side has three basketball hoops and is equivalent in size to a professional volleyball court. We have the nets for that, too!

The Gym comes furnished as is with two big-kid-sized cafeteria tables with seating for 12 at each, and a two-tiered and a three-tiered bleacher seat on each side for about 40 additional seats per side. There are often extra tables and chairs that have been retired from the other GCC buildings, but we do not transport newer furniture from other buildings for use in the Gym.

The Tot-Time Toys, which are intended for ages 0 to 6, include tunnels and slides, swings, ropes, trikes, soccer balls and pop-up goals, basketballs, volleyballs and nets, gym balls, hockey sticks and pucks, hula hoops and more. The Tot-Time Toys rent for $25 per event.

Medium-sized, inflatable Bouncy Houses may also be rented for $40 per event. They are intended for children under six years old and have a maximum capacity of six kids.

Space and times are very limited, so plan ahead.
Security deposits are required for most events in the gym. These deposits are refunded by check via post after the space and equipment have been found to be left tidy and undamaged.


Jack Hicks Room

The Hicks Room is a carpeted space with five east-facing multi-paned windows. It is closest to the parking lot and Front Desk, making it the most easily accessible room at the Ironworks building.

The Hicks Room measures approximately 26ft x 36ft (936 sq. ft.) and accommodates up to 49 people at round tables or seated in rows.

The Hicks Room has no audio-visual facilities included, but the Goodman Community Center has equipment available to rent. Please inquire when you book your reservation.


Rashke Room

The Rashke Room measures approximately 26ft x 42ft (1092 sq. ft.) and accommodates 48 people at round tables (60 inches) of eight seats each, or 70 people seated in rows. This event space has seven west-facing multi-paned windows, two exposed brick walls, steel and wood beams, interior windows and durable sport court vinyl flooring. This is a great room for showers, kids’ parties and other events with food and activities.

This space is close to the Front Desk and the Waubesa Street entrance with just one step up.

The Rashke Room has no audio-visual facilities included, but the Goodman Community Center has equipment available to rent. Please inquire when you book your reservation.


Grace Schmid Room

The Grace Room is a bright and airy, space measuring approximately 33ft x 51ft (1,683 square feet) with exposed blonde brick walls, wood ceiling beams, five large multi-paned windows facing Waubesa Street, and wood-toned vinyl flooring. It’s great for large meetings, festive events, low-impact exercise and other activities.

The Grace Room accommodates up to 96 guests seated at round tables (60 inches) of eight chairs each.

AV access, which is included in the room rental price, consists of a dropdown screen, ceiling projector and built-in speakers.


Railroad Studio

The Railroad Studio is a carpeted space measuring approximately 680 square feet (17ft x 40ft) with painted and exposed blonde brick walls, steel and wood columns and beams, multi-paned windows and door access to the skate park and basketball hoops out back.

The Railroad Studio accommodates up to 32 people seated at four round tables (60 inches) of eight chairs each.
AV access, which is included in the room rental price, consists of a 70-inch mounted flat-screen monitor and built-in speakers.

The Railroad Studio has an attached Concession Kitchen with roll-up window which is available to rent for an additional $40 per event. This small service kitchen has a four-burner gas range with oven, small sink and refrigerator, stainless steel counter and commercial dish sanitizer. Utensils and cookware are not provided.


Grace Schmid Room + Railroad Studio

Combined, the Grace Schmid Room and Railroad Studio, have multi-paned windows facing both Waubesa Street and the skate park and basketball hoops out back. Together, they measure approximately 2,363 square feet and accommodate up to128 guests seated at round tables (60 inches) of eight chairs each.

Rental of the two joined rooms includes the carpeted gathering hall located immediately outside the rooms’ doors. This space has a counter with cubbies, and is a useful extension of the rooms for welcome tables or a lounge/bar area, depending on the nature of the event.

AV access, which is included in the room rental price, consists of a dropdown screen with a ceiling projector, a 70-inch mounted flat-screen monitor and built-in speakers that may be synced throughout the space.

The attached Concession Kitchen, which is available to rent for an additional $40 per event, is a small service kitchen with a four-burner gas range and oven, a small sink and refrigerator, a stainless steel counter and commercial dish sanitizer. Utensils and cookware are not provided.

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Photo: Brett Anderson Photography

Goodman Brassworks building

214 Waubesa Street, Madison, WI 53704  //  View Google map

Brassworks building layout

*Please note that with room setups to accommodate buffet tables, head tables or stage risers, seating capacity for guests may be significantly reduced, and some room arrangement may be needed by you during your event.

 

Take a virtual tour of our Brassworks space!

The Brassworks Lau Christensen and Bea Christensen rooms are currently reserving for 2022. If you're interested in booking these rooms for your event, contact Amy Manteufel at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 608-204-8051.

 


Lau Christensen Room

The Lau Christensen Room is a 69ft x 33ft space (not including the dance floor) with a skylight, a colorful glass wall, exposed brick, and steel beams and columns, along with other contemporary accents, modern lighting, a built-in bar and dance floor, all in the historic portion of the Brassworks building.

The Lau Christensen Room accommodates up to 128 guests seated at round tables (60 inches) of eight chairs each with room for a buffet, or up to 200 people seated auditorium-style without round tables.

AV access, which is included in the room rental price, consists of a dropdown screen, a ceiling projector, 70-inch mounted flat-screen and built-in speakers.


Bea Christensen Room

The Bea Christensen Room is a 72ft x 24ft space (including the dance floor) with a skylight, exposed brick, and steel beams and columns, along with other contemporary accents, modern lighting, a built-in bar and dance floor, in the historic portion of the Brassworks building.

The Bea Christensen Room accommodates up to 104 guests seated at round tables (60 inches) of eight chairs each with room for a buffet, or up to 125 people seated auditorium-style without round tables.

AV access, which is included in the room rental price, consists of a dropdown screen, a ceiling projector and built-in speakers.


Bea & Lau Christensen Room

The Bea & Lau Christensen rooms combine to become the largest of our spaces available to rent. This approximately 4,769 square foot space features a double-barreled ceiling with skylights, a colorful glass wall, exposed brick, steel beams and columns, along with other contemporary accents, modern lighting, two built-in bars and two dance floors, all in the historic portion of the Brassworks building.

The Christensen rooms comfortably seat 216 guests at round tables (60 inches) of eight chairs each with room for a head table of up to 12 people and a buffet, or up to 425 people seated auditorium-style without round tables.

AV access, which is included in the room rental price, consists of built-in speakers, two dropdown screens with ceiling projectors and a 70-inch flat screen that can all be synced.

Take a virtual tour of the Bea and Lau Christensen rooms here.


NGL Community Room

Perfect for meetings, this brightly lit room has a mounted white board, pulldown screen, a mounted ceiling projector, and accommodates up to 32 people seated at four round tables (60 inches) of eight seats each.

This room is versatile too! With a sink, a small refrigerator and 10ft x 2ft counter, the west wall is practically a kitchenette (just without the cooker), making it an excellent staging area for large celebrations, or a breakout space from or satellite room to the nearby Christensen rooms.

The National Guardian Life Community Room measures 25ft x 25ft (625 sq. ft.), has a carpeted floor, and east- and south-facing multi-paned windows.

 


CM Vantage Room

This uniquely shaped space, hidden above the Lau Christensen Room is often used as a breakout room for meetings, or a satellite room (for storage, dressing, childcare, etc.) during weddings, quinceñeras, memorials and other events. It can also be rented on its own when the possibility of a little background noise is not an issue.

The Triangle Room furniture is set as is, and includes five rectangular tables (5ft x 30ft) and a dozen wheeled chairs. There is also a mounted whiteboard and a sink with 3.5ft by 2ft of counter space.

AV access, which is included in the room rental price, consists of a 75-inch flat-screen monitor which is accessed via an HDMI input. It is the renter’s responsibility to provide any necessary cable(s)/adaptor(s) and extension cord(s).

This is the only space in the Brassworks building that is not wheelchair accessible. It is reached by climbing one flight of 22 steps.

Included with Room Rental

  • 60-inch round tables for guest seating in most rooms, up to eight chairs each
  • 48-inch round tables for guest seating in some rooms, up to six chairs each
  • 6ft x 2ft rectangle tables (Ironworks only)
  • 5ft x 30in rectangle tables (Brassworks only)
  • 36-inch adjustable highboys/standing cocktail tables
  • Wire-frame chairs, approx. 31in H x 17.5in W x 19in D, with the seat about 18 inches from the floor

Quantities of furniture are limited to what the GCC owns. We do our best to accommodate all renters’ furniture requests with what we have in each building.
Many, though not all, rooms have free built-in AV equipment designed for background music and speaking presentations. It is the renter’s responsibility to provide any necessary HDMI, RCA and/or VGA cable(s) / adaptor(s) and extension cord(s).

Performed / live music, DJs and such are allowed in some spaces, please inquire. DJs, live performers, bands, etc. must be self-contained: they must supply their own amps, speakers, stands, boards, adaptors, etc.

AV equipment is available to rent at an additional cost for rooms without built in AV technology.


Wedding Packages

Brassworks Building

$3,000 (up to 228 people)
  • 1 large room and 2 smaller rooms for storage/dressing
  • All tables & chairs (linens are additional)
  • Built-in AV system with microphones, drop-down screens, projectors, flat-screen TV
  • Built-in dance floor
  • Friday night access (if available) from 2:00pm-5:00pm
  • Saturday access starting at 10:00am-12:00pm (event must end at 11pm)

Ironworks Building

Friday $990 (up to 144ppl)

12pm - 12am (event must end at 11pm), access to smaller room at 4pm

Saturday $1565 (up to 144ppl)

10am - 12am (event must end at 11pm)

Sunday $860 (up to 144ppl)

12pm - 10pm (event must end at 9pm)

  • 1 large room and 1 smaller room for storage/dressing
  • All tables & chairs (linens are additional)
  • Built-in AV system with microphones, drop-down screen & projector
  • Built-in dance floor

 

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We make it easy to serve great food.

Facility users are allowed to bring in prepared food or prepare your own food in GCC’s service kitchen for events of up to 100 guests. Any events of greater than 100 guests are required to use a full-service caterer. Surcharges apply for any event of 50 guests or more. The Goodman Community Center also offers its own in-house catering service option through the Working Class Catering program. All alcoholic beverages must be purchased and served through GCC’s in-house catering service.

Preferred Caterer: Working Class Catering

  • Professional chefs and staff
  • Give teens employment/educational programming
  • Benefits the Goodman Community Center
  • Full menu, full-service catering

Outside caterers will be approved on a case-by-case basis, with signed contract. Facility users will pay a $3.50 per guest fee at the time the contract is signed. If the facility user decides to use Working Class Catering, and has paid the outside catering fee, this fee will be applied towards their Working Class Catering bill. 

Regarding serving alcohol: GCC holds its own liquor license. Any event that plans to serve alcoholic beverages must purchase and serve all beer/wine/liquor through GCC according to all WI alcoholic beverage laws. No carry-ins are allowed.


Need a great caterer?

Our in-house catering company, Working Class Catering, is a great option if you are hosting an event here at the Center, and they do catering in the community, too. From coffee and cookies to a full banquet, we offer a wide variety of catering options to suit your specific needs. Every dish is prepared on site, from scratch, with a focus on fresh, seasonal menus.

Our catering company is unique to Madison. It is a part of a vocation program (Teen Education and Employment Network, TEEN), offering teens work experiences that help them develop marketable skills. The teens are not only learning how to prepare seasonal, local foods to professional standards, they are also learning how to plan menus, deliver quality catering, and provide great customer service. They work side-by-side with top professionals, so you can be assured that you are providing the best for your guests.

Browse our menu.

Send an inquiry to our Working Class Catering staff

Things to know when scheduling an event

The Goodman Community Center strives to keep our rates affordable for everyone in our community. This does mean that we expect our facility users to support the event’s clean-up. Be aware that there may be other events and activities elsewhere in the building.

RENTAL OVERVIEW AND INFO

 

Guidelines

  • No outside alcohol. The Goodman Community Center has a liquor license. All alcoholic beverages served or consumed on the premises must be purchased, prepared and served by the Goodman Community Center. For pricing information please see our Working Class Catering Menu.
  • Leave the room at least as tidy as you found it. Facility users are to remove any event items brought in, and to place garbage and recyclables in proper containers. See the Facility-use Guidelines for further information.
  • Leave no residue. Do not use glue, putty or high adhesives tapes, e.g. duct or masking tapes. Instead use gaffer or painters tape, as that’s what the GCC has been using for years. And please, no glitter, confetti, sequins, etc.
  • Do not damage walls, carpets and other surfaces. Do not use screws, tacks, nails, pins or other pointy things to post materials. Use painters tape and string, or magnetic hooks and clips when possible.

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Please review our "Guidelines" tab, then use this form to submit your room reservation request:

 SUBMIT ROOM RESERVATION REQUEST

For small events, please call at least two weeks before your event. Larger events require at least one month's notice. Weddings often book about one year out. With the heavy demand for our rooms, we use that time to iron out details of the contract, arrange for staffing, and ensure custodial and other required services are lined up.

If you have questions, please contact Amy Manteufel, Events Manager This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 608-204-8051.

Questions to help with your planning:

  • Room/s desired: Do you already know which room you want?
  • When: What date/s and time/s could work for you?
  • Class or series: When is the first and last date that you'll meet?
  • Transition time: How much set up and clean up time will you need?
  • Public or private: Please let us know if it is a private event or if it is open to the public.
  • Event title: What should we call your meeting/event on the contract?
  • Number of guests: How many people are you planning for?
  • Contact information: Who has the authority to confirm plans and make decisions? Who will be the contact person the day of the event?
  • Billing address: Where do we send the invoice? To whose attention?
  • Non-profit?: Have your tax-exempt number handy, if applicable.
  • Music: Will you have live music, a DJ or other entertainment?
  • Other amenities: What AV equipment, tablecloths, etc. would help with your event?