Rochesterians certainly don’t lack for event venues. A relatively new choice on the market is making its way by blending modern touches with classic style.
Studio 180 is located in the St. Paul Quarter downtown on the first floor of the Smith Gormly Building, and has been hosting weddings and other events for the past five years.
The building itself is rich in history, having been designed by architect Harvey Ellis in the 1920s.
John Larkin and Deb Standing strove to design a venue that presented something memorable in an area where residents aren’t spoiled for choice. Details include exposed brick, oak timber, original maple hardwoods and 20-foot beamed ceilings.
Larkin owns Studio 180, and the final design went along with his desire to ensure the venue avoided becoming what might be called a “cookie-cutter space.”
Distinctive highlights at the studio include antique machine shop work benches turned banquet tables, a house sound system featuring vintage receivers and speakers, and huge barn doors as wall accents. The room is lit by a collection of unique lamps and chandeliers.
Events held there so far include family gatherings, small to medium weddings and holiday celebrations.