LIUNA Station is a luxurious banquet hall in the heart of downtown Hamilton. With a long history, this site offers the elegance and grandeur of years gone by. If you’re looking to create an unforgettable evening for you and your guests featuring a first-class experience and fine food – LIUNA Station is the venue for you.
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A Test of Time
LIUNA station was built in 1930 by the Canadian National Railway (CNR) as a passenger train terminal. Designed in the Neo-classical style, the official opening was held a year later on May 27, 1931, attended by the Governor-General, the Earl of Bessborough .
Passenger traffic levels remained relatively constant until the 1960s when the opening of Hwy 401 had a major impact on CN's passenger trains in southwest Ontario. As more people took the highway the station declined in popularity and in 1967 GO Transit took over CN's Toronto-Hamilton commuter service. Eventually, Via Rail pulled out of the CN station and it was closed on February 26, 1993 .
The station sat abandoned for several years, until Hollywood arrived in Hamilton. In 1996 the producers of the movie "The Long Kiss Goodbye" offered CN $1 Million to renovate the station so that part of the movie could be shot there. The publicity from this attracted the Labourer's International Union of North America (LIUNA), who bought the station and spent $3 Million for adaptive renovations to reopen the station in 2000 as LIUNA Station, a hall for weddings and other events .
The Grand Central
Once the waiting area for many eager travelers, the Grand Central Ballroom has been restored to create a historically exquisite banquet hall. As the largest space available in LIUNA, this ballroom can accommodate up to 650 guests for a wedding reception. There is space for a dance floor, martini bars, ice sculptures, chocolate fountains, antipasto bars, and buffets. The large space also allows for your guests to sit comfortably in table rounds or a king’s table set up.
The King George
King George is the newest ballroom at LIUNA. Built where the former rails once stood, The King George ballroom showcases amazing features including its own private entrance and two exquisite bars with granite countertops in its lobby and can accommodate up to 270 guests for a wedding reception.
The King George ballroom also boasts VIP powder rooms and suites with luxurious chairs and mirrors available for the Bride, Groom, or Bridal Party to get ready. With this room, you also have access to a fully licensed patio that includes a beautiful cast bronze fountain.
The Continental Express
The Continental Express Ballroom is the former restaurant of the original CNR station, restored into a classic ballroom that can host a wedding reception of up to 150 guests. This room is ideal for couples looking for a relatively smaller or more intimate wedding celebration.
The Grand Lobby
The Grand Lobby is the ideal spot for cocktail receptions or wedding ceremonies.
Complete with the original marble columns and Terrazzo flooring from 1929 and an exquisite gold and copper ceiling, the space is sure to leave a lasting impression on you and your guests. This space also features a bar was that was once an operating newsstand and a coat check that was formerly a ticket stand.
For more information on all the spaces mentioned and to view the available floor plans visit:
Food Service & Catering
LIUNA Station proudly promotes its first-class menu of fresh, local, and authentic meals. The Chefs at LIUNA are acclaimed for their signature dishes, exquisite in taste and presentation.
There are four wedding menus available for selection. There is also a large menu from which to choose for the midnight snack buffet and an additional range of options for bar service. To view the menu and what’s included in more detail you can visit the link here.
Pricing & Packages
Plates start at $79.75 + HST per person and range up to $112.95 + HST per person.
If you are also looking to have your ceremony on-site, there is an additional cost of $1299.50 including HST or $1819.30 including HST for the ceremony only.
For more information or to make a booking visit: https://liunaevents.com/liuna-station/