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Freight House Stillwater

Historic | Waterfront | Terraces

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Quick Specs

Venue Layout / Style

  • Historic Building

  • Restaurant & Beer Garden

  • Large Deck Terrace

  • Waterfront

Reception Style Venue Capacity

  • Full Venue Buyout: 2000 Guests

  • Main Bar: 350 Guests

  • Secondary Bar: 200 Guests

  • Front Room / Bar: 75 Guests

  • Front Terraces (2): 500 Guests Each

Seated Style Venue Capacity

  • Full Venue Buyout: 1000 Guests

  • Main Bar: 250 Guests

  • Secondary Bar: 160 Guests

  • Front Room / Bar: 50 Guests

  • Front Terraces (2): 250 Guests Each

About Freight House Stillwater

The Freight House is a staple in the first town settled in Minnesota – Stillwater. With over 15,000 sq. ft. of space, and an additional 8,000 sq ft of waterfront patio, the Freight House is an ideal venue for large scale events or section off pieces of the venue for smaller, intimate gatherings.

History of the Freight House-

For centuries, the beauty and natural treasures of the St. Croix Valley have drawn people to the area which is now Stillwater. The first to call this area home were the Sioux and Chippewa Nations. Later, the first traders and trappers in Minnesota Territory settled here.

By the mid 1880’s, railroading and river activity helped build the community into a bustling town of 13,000 people. Stillwater became the trade center for miners and trappers to the North, and farmers and lumbermen to the West. The Chicago, Milwaukee and St. Paul Railroad eventually saw a need for a freight depot.

The builders set to work using heavy mill timber; two foot thick limestone foundation walls, and eighteen inch exterior walls hovering thirty feet high. Flooring four inches wide and one inch thick were milled from the maples found on the river islands nearby. Finally, the heavy ceiling trusses were placed, carrying the full weight of a solid slate roof.

The depot was finished in January of 1883, handling as many as seventy rail cars a day, and housing the areas telegraph office. In later years, Curtis Feed and Coal and the Farm Service Store operated out of the “Freight House,” as it was now called.  In 1970, the Milwaukee Road Railroad closed the agency and the building was sold.

In 1979, the historical significance of the building was recognized and the Freight House became the first building in Stillwater to be placed on the National Registry of Historic Places.

The building still stands as it did over a century ago. It remains a symbol of Stillwater’s colorful and historic past, as the popular “Freight House Restaurant.”

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The Freight House is a staple in the first town settled in Minnesota – Stillwater. With over 15,000 sq. ft. of space, and an additional 8,000 sq ft of waterfront patio, the Freight House is an ideal venue for large scale events or section off pieces of the venue for smaller, intimate gatherings.

 

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About Freight House Stillwater

The Freight House is a staple in the first town settled in Minnesota – Stillwater. With over 15,000 sq. ft. of space, and an additional 8,000 sq ft of waterfront patio, the Freight House is an ideal venue for large scale events or section off pieces of the venue for smaller, intimate gatherings.

History of the Freight House-

For centuries, the beauty and natural treasures of the St. Croix Valley have drawn people to the area which is now Stillwater. The first to call this area home were the Sioux and Chippewa Nations. Later, the first traders and trappers in Minnesota Territory settled here.

By the mid 1880’s, railroading and river activity helped build the community into a bustling town of 13,000 people. Stillwater became the trade center for miners and trappers to the North, and farmers and lumbermen to the West. The Chicago, Milwaukee and St. Paul Railroad eventually saw a need for a freight depot.

The builders set to work using heavy mill timber; two foot thick limestone foundation walls, and eighteen inch exterior walls hovering thirty feet high. Flooring four inches wide and one inch thick were milled from the maples found on the river islands nearby. Finally, the heavy ceiling trusses were placed, carrying the full weight of a solid slate roof.

The depot was finished in January of 1883, handling as many as seventy rail cars a day, and housing the areas telegraph office. In later years, Curtis Feed and Coal and the Farm Service Store operated out of the “Freight House,” as it was now called.  In 1970, the Milwaukee Road Railroad closed the agency and the building was sold.

In 1979, the historical significance of the building was recognized and the Freight House became the first building in Stillwater to be placed on the National Registry of Historic Places.

The building still stands as it did over a century ago. It remains a symbol of Stillwater’s colorful and historic past, as the popular “Freight House Restaurant.”

Venue Details

  •  20,000 sq ft Full Buyout
  • 8,000 sq ft Terrace / Patio
  • Tap Room: 6,000 sq ft
  • Dining Room: 4,500 sq ft
  •  Catering provided by Freight House
  • Option to add on New Bohemia Food Truck
  • Bar Service provided by Freight House

  • Stage Included with Rental
  • Ask About In-House Entertainment
  • Live Bands, Dueling Pianos
  • DJ’s with LED Show
  • Downtown Stillwater
  • 20-30 Minute Drive from Minneapolis & Saint Paul
  • Large, Free Parking Lot adjacent to building

Take a Virtual Tour of the Corporate Event Space

Venue Details

  •  20,000 sq ft Full Buyout
  • 8,000 sq ft Terrace / Patio
  • Tap Room: 6,000 sq ft
  • Dining Room: 4,500 sq ft
  •  Catering provided by Freight House
  • Option to add on New Bohemia Food Truck
  • Bar Service provided by Freight House

  • Stage Included with Rental
  • Ask About In-House Entertainment
  • Live Bands, Dueling Pianos
  • DJ’s with LED Show
  • Downtown Stillwater
  • 20-30 Minute Drive from Minneapolis & Saint Paul
  • Large, Free Parking Lot adjacent to building

The Perfect venue for

  • Corporate Events
  • Holiday Parties
  • Non-Profit Events
  • Team Building Events
  • Birthday Parties
  • Client Receptions
  • Cocktail Parties
  • Business Meetings

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