Batavia Park District Dish: Say ‘I do’ in breathtaking, historic Shannon Hall

With so many couples becoming engaged during the holidays, this is the perfect time to begin planning weddings and other special events.

If the love of your life just popped the question, now it’s time to say “yes” to Shannon Hall as you plan your wedding. Couples may say “I do” beneath an utterly breathtaking, vaulted ceiling that’s a real showstopper. One has to see it to believe it.

This historic building features gorgeous, stained-glass windows throughout the banquet space, which seats up to 200 guests comfortably.

But the innate beauty of Shannon Hall isn’t the sole unique quality possessed by this wedding venue. Its historical significance in the community, and in the state, makes it a fascinating structure.

Shannon Hall is the former home of Holy Cross Church. At the time when the church was being built in the late 1890s, the country was going through a depression. Shannon Hall was crafted out of limestone that was donated by a local quarry owner, James Shannon. That’s how Shannon Hall earned its name.

It was placed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1999, officially marking the building as historic.

To schedule a tour and check date and time availability, call Recreation Supervisor Michele Williams at 630-406-5282 or email For a 360-degree “insiders” tour from the comfort of your home, go to

And don’t forget your bridal shower. Peg Bond Center, located in downtown Batavia along the picturesque Riverwalk, is a popular venue for beautiful bridal showers. It’s cozy and intimate – with a striking fireplace – and offers a kitchenette and restrooms. To view a 360-degree tour, visit