The Trolley Barn opened in August, 1889, as the service and housing facility for Atlanta's first electric street railway line, running from the heart of downtown Atlanta to Inman Park, Atlanta's new garden suburb. Its life as a trolley barn was brief, however, for with the development of trolley technology and the merging of various lines into a city-wide network it became obsolete by the turn of the century. Following years saw The Barn used as a church, basketball court, farmers market, for various mercantile ventures, and as a storage and repair facility for antiques.
Over the middle decades of the 20th century, The Barn, along with its once lovely but forgotten Victorian neighborhood, slid into decay and disrepair until it became ripe for condemnation in the early 70s. But prodded by urban pioneers in a reviving neighborhood, the City of Atlanta purchased the building in 1976 and, in conjunction with the newly-organized Atlanta & Edgewood Street Railway Company (a name borrowed from the original 19th century company), began a restoration program which was completed in 1987. The A&ESRC, comprised primarily of local residents, now manages the non-profit rental facility.
The Trolley Barn's exterior has been carefully restored to its original appearance and its interior extensively renovated to accommodate both festive and business events. The spacious 2,750 square-foot main hall rises to a height of 30 feet, displaying its handsome exposed wood beam superstructure. Installed in the renovation is a mesquite wood floor suitable for dancing. Variable lighting, including festive mini lights, lends ambience to any event.
The main hall can accommodate: up to 250 for standing or buffet-type events, up to 200 for seated dinners, up to 300 seated for auditorium type functions. A 40 x 60 foot brick patio, reached by three sets of doors, will accommodate additional guests during the temperate season. At your option, a tent may be used over the patio. Additional facilities include: a serving kitchen adjacent to the main hall, an 800 square-foot mezzanine overlooking the hall, a 2,400 square-foot general purpose room or staging area located underneath the main hall. The staging area can be used to support expanded events such as weddings, fashion shows or stage shows. Since its restoration, The Barn has been used to host: weddings, receptions, dinners, reunions, auctions, business meetings/seminars and parties of every kind. The Barn is open to service by any licensed and insured caterer. And, if your event features a theme - whether funky or formal - “dressing up” the Barn is limited only by your imagination.
For more information and rental rates, see the Fees page.