The Solarium at Historic Scottish Rite, a listed National Historic Place, is a captivating event venue for weddings, parties, meetings, and community gatherings in the Oakhurst neighborhood.
Designed in 1919 by Neel Reid, one of Atlanta’s most renowned architects, the building housed the original Scottish Rite Children’s Hospital, operational until the mid 1970’s. The building’s white stucco exterior, red Spanish tile roof, and copper pipes have been carefully restored to their original beauty. Banks of windows line the entire front of the building, and clerestory windows grace the two main rooms, allowing natural light to flood into the space. The interior has been refurbished with oak hardwood floors, beautifully detailed paintwork, and period-style lighting fixtures.
The Solarium, which makes up the entire east wing of the Historic S Scottish Rite, can comfortably accommodate 150 for a standing reception, 125 for a seated meal, and approximately 100 seated on the patio.
The Solarium is operated by the Community Center of South Decatur, a non-profit organization that spearheaded efforts to preserve the historic building.