Your event here is more than just a gathering; it's an opportunity to make a positive impact in Cambridge. By choosing The Foundry as your venue, you play a crucial role in making our space accessible and affordable for our community, supporting creative expression through various avenues. Whether it's a conference, art fair, expo, or wedding, we're thrilled to welcome your event and help you tailor our new spaces to your needs.
Choose any of the rooms below or opt for the full building rental to craft your ideal event experience.
2067 sq ft | 150 standing capacity | 115 seated capacity
Equipped with speakers, mics, and a projector, the Performance Space can host large crows of all functions. The dark curtains and electric shades create a black-box environment and ensure complete privacy.
4256 sq ft | 300 standing capacity | 175 seated capacity
The Community Hall is the heart of the Foundry building, a stunning three-story atrium topped with original 19th-century wooden beams and dual skylights.
1335 sq ft | 100 standing capacity | 50 seated capacity
Surrounded by brick and wood, the spacious Red Multi is equipped with a whiteboard and projector for multimedia use and window shades for a additional privacy.
4485 sq ft | 175 standing capacity | 50 seated capacity
A contained outdoor space offering convenient access to the building, a paved floor, and inviting wooden benches, an ideal spot for socializing and mingling.
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Shop 2: Demonstration Kitchen
Cooking/baking demonstrations, cottage food preparation, nutrition courses, recipe testing, potlucks
Meetings, conference calls, brainstorming sessions
Meetings, brainstorming sessions, onboardings, tutoring, language classes, book clubs, study groups
Meetings, conference calls, brainstorming sessions
Prototyping, building, hackathons, class demonstrations
Clothing mending, embroidery, costume design, fashion design
Jewelry making, electronics repair, metalwork
Set building, woodworking classes, furniture making, sculpture
Dance rehearsals, yoga classes, fitness courses
Conference Room & Gallery
Gallery shows, board meetings, brainstorming sessions
What A/V equipment can The Foundry provide?
The Foundry has a variety of stationary and mobile A/V equipment. For a complete list of what is available, see our equipment document here.
How will payment for my event work?
A non-refundable deposit is due at the time of booking to secure the desired dates. If a deposit is not received after 5 business days of receipt of the signed contract, the dates will be released and the contract voided. The remaining balance will be invoiced in advance of the start of the rental agreement, and must be paid upon the first date of the rental agreement, unless an alternate arrangement is agreed upon. After a 1-week grace period, a 5% late fee (non-accruing) will be charged for each business day payment is overdue.
Can I bring food to The Foundry?
Yes, you can bring food to The Foundry and eat in any of the rooms except the maker spaces. If you are looking to bring in catering for an event, we do not have any restrictions on who you work with.
Can I have alcohol at an event?
Yes, but renters need to apply for a one day alcohol permit from the City of Cambridge and the event must use an insured licensed caterer or have the person pouring alcohol be TIPS certified by the time of the event.
Are there on-site cleaners? Are there cleaning fees?
We expect users to clean up after themselves to maintain a clean environment. However, for those who prefer additional cleaning support or a hands-off approach, we offer on-site cleaning services for an extra charge. These services are billed per hour according to the number of cleaners needed.
How late can I rent space? Are there time restrictions on full building rentals?
In accordance with our Entertainment License, events can run until 11 pm. Any events running past our usual operating hours will be subject to an After Hours event fee.
What is The Foundry’s event rental cancellation/refund policy?
Deposit is non-refundable in the event of cancellation. The Foundry must be given two weeks’ notice for either cancellation or rescheduling. Should less than two weeks’ notice be given, payment will still be due and any payments made will not be refunded. If the event needs to be rescheduled rather than canceled, and a future date is found, The Foundry will apply payments to the future event. Please note that we cannot guarantee availability.
When will I know if my event reservation is approved?
Your rental is finalized once we receive a signed contract and event deposit.
How do I get there using public transit?
The building is 0.4 miles away from the Kendall MIT stop where you can catch the red line and 64, 68, 85, CT2, 64, 68, and 85 buses. The building is 0.5 miles away from the Lechmere stop where you can catch the green line and 69, 80, 87, and 88 buses. You can find walking directions to The Foundry here.
What is the parking situation like?
We don't have designated parking, so your best bet would be finding public parking on the neighboring streets (Third St, Rogers St, Fifth Street). There are also a number of parking garages in the area if you need a longer term solution. We have a loading area if you need to pick up or drop off large objects, but you'll need to find parking after dropping off. See parking options here.
Where can I view your harassment policy?
You can view our harassment policy here.
Where can I view your community guidelines?
You can view our community guidelines here.
Where can I view your space reservation guidelines?
You can view our space reservation guidelines here.
How does the Sliding Scale Policy work?
Our reservation and membership prices are available at discounted rates based on organization operating budgets or personal income brackets.
See our Sliding Scale Policy here.