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Edgewater expanding Madison meeting space

MADISON, Wisconsin — After the August 2014 completion of its $100 million renovation and expansion, the historic Edgewater will offer 45,000 square feet of meeting and special event space with lake and Capitol views. A variety of flexible function venues set the scene for different occasions, ranging from large-scale weddings to intimate al fresco meetings.

Characterized by floor-to-ceiling glass windows overlooking Lake Mendota, the hotel’s hallmark indoor event venue is the Grand Ballroom. The room can accommodate anywhere from 880 standing guests to nearly 500 with banquet seating. The flexible space can also be divided into three separate venues.

With direct access to the Grand Ballroom, the Gallery serves as a prefunction area with an elegant fireplace. The Gallery also leads to both the outdoor 1,300-square-foot terrace of the Veranda, which can accommodate up to 70 guests, and the Boardroom, an ideal space for smaller corporate meetings or for use as a bridal suite for weddings.

At more than 1,600 square feet, the Mendota Ballroom, located one level below the Grand Ballroom, offers an alternative venue for up to 120 guests to enjoy an intimate meeting or meal. The adjacent Mendota Foyer is perfect for coffee breaks or cocktail receptions.

The new Edgewater will boast more than 30,000 square feet of new outdoor meeting and event spaces with the hotel’s terraces, rooftops, and plaza. As the epicenter of the property, the Grand Plaza offers views of the Capitol in one direction and of Lake Mendota in the other. A prime location for large-scale events, it will also host an ice rink during the winter months for a seasonal experience.

In addition to the Edgewater’s Grand Plaza, the Langdon Courtyard mirrors the Veranda terrace across the Grand Plaza, offering an additional 1,300 square feet for receptions, with a grand staircase leading directly to the waterfront. The 2,800-square-foot Langdon Club occupies the rooftop, where big bands of the 1940s once held court. It can accommodate up to 48 seated and 150 standing guests.

The two spaces serve as the capstone to the renovation of the historic Langdon Building. Perched atop the hotel’s new tower — the Wisconsin Building — the Sky Bar offers a full-service bar for private events with panoramic views of Lake Mendota, downtown Madison and beyond.