Weddings & Private Events

The Kern Pavilion a.k.a. The Boathouse

Weddings & Private Events in Lafayette Park

The Park House, Gazebo, restored bridge and grotto are available year-round for rental. The Park House was originally built as a police substation in the 1800s and retains its historic charm. In recent years it has been refurbished and is used for meetings by neighborhood organizations. In 2009 the attached Gazebo was completed. Weddings are often held on the restored bridge over the grotto, also. The Kern Pavilion (aka “the boathouse”) is newly restored and available for rent — read all about its grand opening here.

Lafayette Park is said to be the oldest park west of the Mississippi River. It is located in the heart of Lafayette Square, St. Louis’ first historic district. See for yourself why so many people say Lafayette Park is the most beautiful park in the city!

Host your next event in Lafayette Park!

The Park House

  • For inquiries on renting the Lafayette Park – Park House, please contact Bethany Budde via email or call SqWires Restaurant at 314-865-3522.
  • For inquiries on renting any other areas of the Lafayette Park, please contact the St. Louis City Parks Department 314-289-5300.

Kern Pavilion Specifics:

  • Rental fees are $80/hour, with a minimum of four hours. In addition, a $500 security deposit is required for all events.
  • The City has a set of preferred caterers for events at the Kern Pavilion. These caterers are the only companies permitted for use at the Kern Pavilion. All food and drink, including alcoholic beverages, must be provided by one of these caterers. They are: Butler’s Pantry, Hendri’s, and Salt + Smoke.
  • It is available for rent from 8:00 AM to 12:00 midnight, seven days a week.
  • Maximum capacity: 60 people for a seated event, 100 people for a cocktail reception.
  • A tent can be rented from a private source and placed on the north side of the building.
  • The pavilion is handicapped accessible.
  • A full list of terms and conditions should be obtained from the City; this list is not comprehensive.