Thank you for thinking of The 577 Foundation to host your event. We understand that there are multiple facilities to choose from and your decision to hold your upcoming event at our facility is appreciated. Educational programming stands as the cornerstone of 577’s mission, fostering understanding and appreciation for science, art, craft, history, culture, ecology, and the environment. We sincerely thank you for standing with us in this mission. Please be aware that, in accordance with our commitment to education, classes will always receive precedence over rental requests. Your support through meeting reservations contributes significantly to the success of 577’s educational programs, and for that, we express our heartfelt gratitude.
Types of Meetings & Events
577 offers two historic spaces, the Cottage and Virginia’s House, to community organizations, schools, governmental organizations, and community-minded corporations for strategic planning, trainings, and retreats.
Because these spaces are shared for educational and community benefit, they are not available to be used for personal social gatherings like parties, showers, reunions, or weddings. These spaces are not to be used for sales, commercial, or promotional purposes including fundraising events.
577 rental facilities are available during select times for site visits and meetings. We strongly recommend scheduling a walk-through with your event coordinator during the planning process to discuss logistics and other details. Times available may be limited.
The Cottage is a cozy private meeting space for up to twelve people. It offers a meeting space around a large table, one bathroom, a kitchen, and one breakout room with comfortable furniture. This historic building is not currently wheelchair accessible due to a step up into the building and narrow doorways, as was typical for houses built circa 1914.
The Cottage was originally occupied by Col. George P. Greenhalgh, an artillery officer in WWI and his wife Marie, the niece of Edward Drummond Libby, around 1914. This cozy space now hosts classes and private meetings for up to twelve people.
This historic building is not currently wheelchair accessible due to a step up into the building and narrow doorways, as was typical for houses built circa 1914.
The Cottage’s features include:
- This historic meeting space features a Dining Room with two tables and 12 chairs, a Living Room with two couches, two cushioned chairs, and a small table with three chairs, and a Kitchen with a coffee station, fridge, stove, and a small table for light refreshments to catering. The space also offers a private bathroom and parking in close proximity.
- Wifi and limited AV equipment (screen) are available. The space is heated and air-conditioned.
- The picnic area adjacent to the Cottage is available to all visitors on a first-come, first-serve basis.
The Cottage is not available to be used for personal social gatherings like parties or showers.
Standard Rental: Available Tuesday ~ Friday in 4-hour, 6-hour, or 8-hour increments between the hours of 8am and 5pm. Rental time includes all set-up and clean-up times.
Rates for Non-profits, Government Agencies, and Schools:
- 4-Hour Rental: $100
- 6-Hour Rental: $150
- 8-Hour Rental: $200
Community and Corporate Groups:
- 4-Hour Rental: $200
- 6-Hour Rental: $300
- 8-Hour Rental: $400
Evening/Weekend Rentals are not available for online request. Please contact us to make arrangements. May be available upon request. A surcharge will apply.
Virginia’s House hosts dozens of classes for the community each month. The House is also utilized as a semi-private meeting space that can accommodate between four to twenty-five people. Most areas of the first floor are wheelchair accessible. The space also offers a private bathroom and parking in close proximity.
In 1935, Duane Stranahan and Virginia Secor Stranahan purchased the property and built the house they named Needmor, where Virginia lived until her death in 1997.
The house is now known as Virginia’s House and holds the administration offices, space for dozens of classes, and meeting space for like-minded organizations.
This historic meeting space features multiple rooms available for rent. Wifi and limited AV equipment (screen) are available for use in the Library and Dining Room. All spaces except for the Screened Porch are heated and air-conditioned. Standard reservation times are 8am to 5pm.
- The Library offers a relaxed meeting space with comfortable living room furniture that seats up 15 people and a large table that seats 10 people. A coffee station is available for use where light refreshments can be served.
- The Dining Room offers a more formal space. Seating is available for up to 25 people with options for presentation seating or seating around up to five (5) round tables.
- The Kitchen offers a working kitchen, fully stocked with tools, pans, cutlery, glassware, and table settings. A pass-through from the kitchen to the dining room makes for easy service.
- The Lounge offers an intimate semi-private space available for up to four (4) people in a conversation setting.
- The Screened Porch offers a semi-private space and view of the Maumee River. Three tables and a conversational seating arrangement make this space perfect for short gatherings.
All reservation requests for Virginia’s House must be made via phone call or email due to the spaces being used primarily for educational classes. Contact Assistant Director of Education and Outreach Danielle Marino at email@example.com, or by phone at 419-874-4174.
Please note: Virginia’s House has limited availability for strategic planning, trainings, and retreats for nonprofit organizations, government agencies, schools, and corporate groups. **Important: Because this space is shared for educational and community benefit, it is not available to be used for personal social gatherings like parties or showers.
Requestees will receive an emailed response or call within three (3) to five (5) business days after 577 has reviewed the request and our program calendar.
A reservation request is confirmed after full payment has been processed. Fee rates vary based on the room requested, length of reservation, and time of day requested. Once a reservation is confirmed, payment can be made by check, cash, or credit card.