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The Crystal Ballroom is a 1913 historic ballroom located in the heart of downtown Houston’s Rice Hotel. Originally the capitol of the Republic of Texas, this is one of Houston's most unique and historic landmarks.
The Crystal Ballroom is resplendent with crystal chandeliers, heroic murals, 35-foot ceilings and a full wraparound terrace. The 5,600 square foot event space and the adjunct 1,400 square foot parlor provide an ample space for up to 400 guests for a seated meal, with a dance floor. Sambuca, one of Houston’s most exclusive caterers, provides food and beverage service.
George R. Brown Convention Center
Minute Maid Park
The Theatre District
Home to eight of Houston’s major performing arts venues
Major hotels, such as The Lancaster, Hyatt Hotel, The Four Seasons and The Magnolia
General Sam Houston walked these grounds, weighted with concerns for Texas. President Benjamin Harrison spoke from the balcony before lunching with his wife. President Taft addressed “ten acres of people” from that same balcony. President Franklin D. Roosevelt and his wife thought the dining room was the most beautiful place to eat in Houston. When in town, the couple frequently enjoyed The Rice. President Dwight and Mamie Eisenhower slept here. President John F. Kennedy and Jackie made a historic visit here. As First Lady, Jackie Kennedy made her one and only political speech in the Crystal Ballroom to Texas representatives of LULAC. Other notable “stars” to grace the Crystal Ballroom include: Clark Gable, Will Rogers, Perry Como, Shirley Temple and Mick Jagger.