There is an eight-sectioned mural dome that was hand-painted by local artist Alvin Sharpe in 1932. It took him approximately three months to complete. (The cost for this project was only $5,500.00 -- just imagine what it would cost today!)
The space can accommodate 300 for a buffet (limited seating); 280 for a seated dinner (no dance floor) or 220 with a dance floor; and 300 for a reception.
A remnant of the St. James Hotel built in 1859 and noted for its cast-iron façade, the arcade now serves as the formal covered promenade to the main building and loggia to the forecourt known as The Plaza. Ornamented by iron gates, the arcade measures 22- feet wide by 59-feet and can accommodate up to 70 guests for a ceremony; 90 guests seated, and 90 for a reception. Its seating capacity for alfresco dining would be about 40 persons.
Constructed in 1968 the former site of the original St. James Hotel, the Plaza offers a glimpse of the Board Of Trade building from Magazine Street. Designed along the lines of small Parisian Parks, the open court is paved in pink flagstone with four raised planters arranged around a delightful fountain. One long planter spans the length of its east wall opposite the arcade with Magnolia trees. The Plaza can easily be tented. The capacity for a ceremony is 200 persons; 80 guests for a seated dinner, and 150 for a reception.
Behind The Main Building, a private patio with tables and chairs is available for use by guests as a smoking area, or to accommodate overflow. The Trading Room floor houses separate restrooms for men and women complete with fixtures for handicapped patrons.