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Durham Armory

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Durham Armory Floor Plan (PDF)

About the Durham Armory

The Durham Armory is located on the corner of Foster and Morgan streets and is available for rentals for your community or private event, whether it is a fundraiser, concert, wedding reception, seminar or family reunion.

2021 Rentals

We are reopening our special use facilities in accordance with the current mandates and restrictions in place in North Carolina. Those interested in booking the Durham Armory, Spruce Pine Lodge, or the Forest Hills Neighborhood Clubhouse for an event in 2021 can submit a request using the Special Use Facility Rental Request Form beginning Monday, April 26, 2021, at 8 a.m.

All requests will be processed on a first-come, first-served basis. A member of the reservations team will contact you to confirm the booking details. Once the reservation is made you will have 10 days to pay the security deposit and application fee. 

Any booking where payment is not made by the end of the 10 days will be removed and the date will reopen for others to reserve.

2022 Rentals

We will hold our annual lottery and scheduling meeting on Wednesday, May 26, 2021 at the Durham Armory located at 212 Foster Street, Durham, NC 27701. Those interested in booking the Durham Armory for an event in 2022 can register for a spot to attend the lottery and scheduling meeting
  • The lottery registration period will be open from April 28, 2021 through May 21, 2021. 
  • Only one guest per event will be allowed to register and attend the meeting. 
  • Unregistered participants will not be admitted. 
  • Check-in will begin at 7:30 a.m., but the meeting will not begin until 8:30 a.m.
  • Numbers will be drawn at 8:30 a.m. for all those checked-in. Once the drawing has started, anyone arriving late will be assigned the next number as they check-in.
  • You will be required to pay the security deposit and application fee the day of the lottery.
For additional information on our lottery system, please visit the Durham Armory Annual Reservation Meeting FAQ page.


  • Large kitchen (industrial stove, double sink, microwave, refrigerator & ice machine)
  • Heating and air conditioning
  • Coatroom
  • Snack bar
  • Tables (30 - 72 inch round tables, 40 - 8 foot banquet tables)
  • Chairs (350)
  • Ample parking surrounding the facility
Visit the Durham Armory Photo Gallery for a look inside.

Please note, amenity availability is subject to change.


  • Ballroom/Auditorium - 585 (without tables & chairs)
  • Balcony - 314
  • Birch Room - 20
  • Oak Room - 30
Due to COVID-19, all rentals are required to comply with local and state restrictions including indoor mass gathering size. 


For additional information or questions please contact our reservations specialist via email or call 919-560-4355, ext. 27202. Our administration office located at 400 Cleveland Street is open for pre-scheduled appointments. Please call 919-560-4355 if you would like to schedule an appointment.

All reservations must be made at least 45 days in advance.

For details about our Annual Reservation Meeting visit the Durham Armory Annual Reservation Meeting FAQ page.

Tour Days & Times

Tours are provided every 1st and 3rd Monday of the month, from noon to 6 p.m. No appointment necessary.

Rental Times

  • Sunday through Saturday
  • 6 a.m. to 2 a.m. (minimum 6 hours)
The facility will be closed on Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Eve and Christmas Day.


Parking for loading and unloading is permitted under the carport in the back of the building. Guest parking is available on the street or at the Durham Centre Parking Garage located at 300 W. Morgan Street. For more information on parking at the Durham Centre Parking Garage contact Corey Terry at 919-560-4366 or email


 Security Deposit
 Events without alcohol
 Events with alcohol

 Rental Fees (CR: City Resident / NCR: Non-City Resident)
 Monday - Thursday (per hour, minimum of 4 hours(
CR: $50 | NCR: $65
 Friday - Sunday & Holidays (per hour, minimum of 6 hours)
CR: $60 | NCR: $75
 Meeting Rooms Only (per hour, minimum of 4 hours)
CR: $25 | NCR: $30

 Additional Fees
 Application Fee without Alcohol (non-refundable)
 Application Fee with Alcohol (non-refundable)
 Food Fee
 Setup & Dismantle (per 100 guests) with max at $200 per rental
 Commercial Rental (all rentals with admission fees or ticket sales)

Alcohol Information

Alcoholic beverages are strictly prohibited except when permits to serve such beverages are obtained from Durham Parks and Recreation and/or the State ABC Board. Permits can be found at the ABC Commission website.

Events in which alcohol will be served are required to hire event security through the Durham Police Department. Renters are responsible for contacting the Durham Police Department to obtain information and to schedule officers for their event. Payment is due in cash, to the officer(s) at the beginning of the event. Renters should contact Officer Jason Evans 336-601-0295 to arrange security.

A certificate of liability insurance must be provided to Durham Parks and Recreation no later than 15 days prior to event. The insurance must show general liability insurance with an alcohol/liquor rider for at least $1,000,000, naming the City of Durham as an additional insured. The certificate of insurance must have an original signature covering the date of your event. Insurance can be obtained from any insurance company (Ex. WedSafe, Travelers Insurance, State Farm, etc.).

Additional Information

Visit the Facility Rental page for more information on rental procedures, rules for the use / sale of alcohol, and frequently asked questions.