catered events & meetings
The David Davis Mansion is not available for weddings or wedding receptions.
Monday/Tuesday/Evening Catered Events & Meetings
Businesses, clubs, motor coach groups, & organizations may pay a fee* to use the mansion for catered events and meetings, whenever the site is closed to the public (Mondays, Tuesdays and evenings).
Catered events include:
- Cocktail-style receptions (hors d'oeuvres, desserts, & beverages)
Meetings without food service may also be held at the mansion. Advanced reservations are required.
*The fee does not include catering costs; catering arrangements and costs are the responsibility of the event host. Caterer must supply proof of insurance to the David Davis Mansion Foundation. View the list of approved caterers. View our Special Use Policy for Caterers/Hosts.
There is a policy in place regarding photography for commercial use. Click here to read the policy and download the permit application form.
5:00-10:00 P.M., Wednesday-Sunday
9 A.M.-10 P.M., Mondays and Tuesdays.
Exceptions: New Year's Day, Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Day, or the evening preceding each of these holidays.
Most events require four hours: one hour for set-up, two hours for the event, and one hour for clean-up. Closing hour for an event should be no later than 10:00 P.M., with clean-up no later than 11:00 P.M.
**Special events are scheduled on a first-come, first-served basis, depending on site and staff availability.
Fee schedule is dependent upon the number of guests or hours and type of event.
Exterior grounds -
$150/hour for the first two hours, with a minimum of 2 hours
$100/hour, for each additional hour
Maximum number of guests (with food and beverages served): 500
Interior Use -
$10/person, with a $300 minimum
Maximum number of guests: 200
$10/person, with a $250 minimum
Maximum number of guests: 50
Meeting Space Only (no catered food or catered beverages)
$50/hour, with a 3-hour minimum
Maximum seating: 30
Services of docents (appropriate for the number of guests); use of up to six round tables, 4 four-foot tables, and 2 eight-foot tables; use of up to 30 chairs; use of screen for A/V equipment; cost of utilities; services of site staff (to handle special problems or emergencies); use of trash receptacles; on-site parking. Table linens may be rented at $15 each.
Fees do not include:
- Catering (food, beverages, serving costs, additional table linens, etc.)
- Liability and/or dram shop insurance
- Applicable permits
- Additional furniture (chairs, serving tables, tables)
- Busman's trays (trays are required of all caterers or groups using interior rooms)
- Portable Sanitary Facilities-if needed (public restrooms are available on site)
A non-refundable deposit of $25.00 is required to reserve a date. A check for the balance due should be received no later than two weeks after the event. Make checks (for the deposit and for the balance-due) payable to: David Davis Mansion Foundation and mail to: David Davis Mansion Foundation, 1000 E. Monroe Dr., Bloomington, IL 61701. Please note (on the memo line of each check) the words: "Foundation Event."
Size of Group
Groups of 10 or more must notify the Mansion staff at least 48 hours in advance, if there are any major changes in the size of the group.
Areas of Use
Exterior guest access includes the East, West, and South areas of the mansion lawn. Tents may be located in any one of those areas with the permission of the Site Manager.
Interior guest use includes the public rooms in the basement and first floor (except the kitchen, which is used by the caterer). Guests may view the second-floor rooms (with mansion docents present), but food should be confined to basement and first-floor areas.
If you need to cancel a scheduled event, please call (309) 828-1084 at least 48 hours in advance of the date. If weather causes a cancellation, the event may be rescheduled.
The Barn and first floor of the Mansion are accessible to persons with disabilities.