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 * Our beautiful, original wood floors were refinished winter of 2022! As part of our preservation responsibilities, we provide for free and require use of a dance floor for special events involving dancing.

Take a Virtual Tour:

Wedding Open Houses

Visit our Annual Winter Open Houses for tours and to meet with our caterer, Jeff Thomas! January 18, 2024 from 5-8pm.To schedule, email



A New Catering Partner for TCCCT!


The Carnegie Center of Columbia Tusculum, a nonprofit organization, has been able to sustain itself through funds generated from private rentals. Since 2014, we've maintained a beneficial partnership with Jeff Thomas Catering, which has not only delivered high-quality food, service, and staffing but also contributed to the preservation of our historic building.

As of July 1, 2024, Jeff Thomas Catering, led by Jeff Thomas, will be passing the torch to Eat Well Celebrations and Feasts, a prominent catering company in Cincinnati. All private events booked for 2024 will continue under Jeff Thomas Catering, ensuring consistency in service, culinary expertise, and event coordination. From 2025 onwards, Eat Well will fully take over catering services, with efforts in place to ensure a smooth transition for clients.

Jeff Thomas, with 39 years of stellar reputation, entrusts the legacy to Renee Schuler of Eat Well Celebrations and Feasts. Renee, who honed her skills in prestigious New York restaurants before returning to Cincinnati, spent two years as pastry chef at Jeff Thomas Catering before launching her own successful venture, which will mark its 20th year in 2025.

Renee's commitment to culinary excellence ensures that The Carnegie Center of Columbia Tusculum will continue to receive top-notch catering services. With Eat Well's advanced facilities and the seamless integration of Jeff Thomas Catering's operations, clients can expect continued excellence in both food and service.

Recent recognition, with Eat Well winning the title of Best Caterer and Jeff Thomas Catering as the runner-up in Movers and Makers, underscores the similar levels of quality, professionalism, and expertise between the two companies.

We eagerly anticipate the transition and the exceptional food and service that Eat Well will bring to our private events.




Inquiry: Email us via the contact form to receive a rental brochure outlining venue details, policies, pricing, etc. 

Schedule a Building Tour: Contact our Caterer, Jeff Thomas Catering, to schedule a tour of our facility: 859-291-0286 ext 1. 

Menu Proposal: After your tour and meeting with Jeff, you will receive a custom food and service quote from Jeff Thomas Catering.

Tasting: Schedule a private (couples only) food tasting with Jeff Thomas at your convenience to further customize your menu.

Book Your Event: To book your event date, you will complete the rental contract and pay 50% of the rent directly to The Carnegie Center of Columbia Tusculum. The remaining rental balance along with a separate, returnable $500 security check are due three months prior to your event date.

Catering Contract: Your catering contract and 1/3 of your estimated food total are due in January of the year of your booking or immediately if in the booking in the same calendar year.

Event Coordination: Once contracts are secured, Jeff Thomas will serve as your Event Coordinator through which you can arrange food, service, scheduling, building access, etc. at your convenience!

Then... Sit back and enjoy your special day!


The guest capacity of the Carnegie Center is 200 seated or 250 at a standing reception.

More intimate parties can choose either the West Room or the East Room during weekdays/nights.

The West Room is 40ft x 40ft; 1,500 square feet total.

The East Room is 40ft x 30ft; 1,200 square feet total.

The Central Room/Foyer is 20ft x 32ft; 640 square feet total.

       (Can be used with either room rental)

View a PDF of potential floor plan options here.


The venue is wheelchair accessible. 
The venue features separate restroom facilities for ladies and men. We offer a unisex handicap accessible restroom. 

Tables & Chairs

We offer free use of:

  • 17-6’ Rectangular Tables

  • 8-4’ Round Tables

  • 2-8′ Rectangular Tables

  • 5-5′ Round Tables

  • 3-3′ Rectangular Tables (narrow)

  • 5 High top Cocktail Tables

  • 220 Folding Off-White Resin Event Chairs

  • 122 Folding Metal Chairs


The Carnegie Center features 13 on-site parking spaces in addition to ample available street parking and permitted adjacent lots. There is free on-street parking on both sides of Eastern Avenue, which runs directly in front of the facility.

Rental Brochure

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The Carnegie Center is a NON-SMOKING Facility

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