1st Floor Forum from NE corner

Forum and Conference Room

Kitchen from southwest

Full Kitchen

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Presentations and Roundtable Discussions


Workshops and Charrettes

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Pin Up Space For Charrettes and Workshops

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Lunch & Learns and Student Events

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Cocktail Receptions and Meet & Greets

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The ESSEX BVILDING, located in the heart of Downtown Norfolk, is the most sophisticated gathering place in our region. It is VIA design architects’ new model home and community hub. This beautiful example of 1910 Greek Revival architecture has been future-proofed and demonstrates the “Art of what’s possible” with the infusion of building automation and historic preservation combined. We are a BETA testing site for SIEMENS technology innovations and have intentionally designed our space to share with you.

Here your staff meetings, retreats, board meetings, lunch and learn seminars, and community gatherings can go from uninspired to new beginnings. Our first floor transforms from a natural-light-flooded open space with visual urban street vibe connectivity, to private presentation mode with programmed touch pad controls. Lights dim, window blinds drop, and projector screen rolls into position. 

Personal tours are available daily and we welcome all who are curious to inquire for a firsthand experience at 319 East Plume Street.

Historic District urban experience differentiators:
TIDE light rail connectivity
Street level loading and access
Waterfront access within 3 blocks
Pedestrian access to dining, shopping, cultural, and entertainment venues

Please fill out the Rental Request Form on the right. A member of our staff will review your request and reach out to you to finalize the details of your event.

Rental Request Form