The Carlu: A Reception Venue With a Colorful History
Have you ever dreamed of being married in a department store? While that may be hard to arrange, you can come close by choosing to hold your wedding and reception at The Carlu. The colorful history of the venue helps to illustrate why it would be a fun and exceptional location to exchange vows and ensure that all of the guests are comfortable for the entire day.
A Bit of History
What is now The Carlu was originally the inspiration of the owners of what was at the time Canada’s premier department store chain. In 1930, the chain opened what was called Eaton’s College Street, a department store with multiple floors. Of particular note is the seventh floor that is now home to The Carlu.
Lady Eaton was the matriarch of the family owning the department store chain and sat on the Board of Directors. Under her supervision, the famous French architect Jacques Carlu was engaged to create a spectacular space on the seventh floor. The space was to serve as a place for fine dining and specific types of catered events. To that end, Carlu came up with a design that included a 1,300 seat auditorium, the Round Room restaurant, and a series of smaller spaces that included a private dining room. The overall design was arranged to imitate the long foyer design that was used for ocean liners at the time.
The latter part of the 20th century say the building go into decline as it changed owners. Thanks to efforts to protect the building under the Ontario Heritage Act, the seventh floor did not undergo extensive updating. Even so, it was closed off for many years.
In 2003, plans were made to reopen the space and assume a new name - The Carlu. While remaining faithful to the original design, the space was altered to serve as the setting for many types of events, including weddings and receptions.
Large and Small Affairs Welcome
Larger weddings and receptions can be held in the Concert Hall or the Round Room. Arranging the spaces to fit the needs does not require a lot of effort and the staff on hand can work with the planners to come up with the ideal configuration.
There are smaller spaces in The Carlu that work fine for more intimate affairs. What was one the private dining room is an example. The commercial kitchen provides plenty of space for preparing everything from a formal plate dinner to a simple buffet. Wait staff are on hand to ensure that the food and drink are ever present during the affair.
There is no doubt that The Carlu offers something a little different for the couple who loves the idea of combining history with a contemporary flare. From choosing a spot for the ceremony to knowing the wedding catering at The Carlu will be planned down to the smallest detail, this location is worth considering. Pay a visit today and see what you think. Once the booking is complete, it will be easy to focus on other elements of the wedding planning.
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