The Altman Building

135 W 18th St, New York, NY
Capacity: 750 people

About The Altman Building

The Altman Building is a historical landmark and a premier venue in the heart of Chelsea. Established in 1896 as the carriage house for the B. Altman Department store, The Altman Building is now a private versatile event venue boasting 14,500 square feet over two floors. Our venue entrance is ground level and virtually column free, providing unparalleled flexibility in event production. Our original, double hinged mahogany French doors, connect directly to the street to allow for easy ground-level load-in. Our doors open 12’ wide with an 8’ height clearance. Upon entering the space, clients are greeted with exposed vaulted brick ceilings, natural oak hardwood floors, and floor to ceiling bay windows that provide the space with a cascade of natural light. The main floor is roughly 10,000 square feet which include one expansive room, a storage area with bucket sinks for sanitation, and an entire in-house drape track system to make partitioning the room seamless. The main floor features state-of-the-art audio/visual capabilities including leko lights for spotlighting, gobos and template washes as well as moving lights, LED can lights and uplights. Our ceiling is affixed with over 120 rigging points with overhead trusses to support hanging audio, lighting, video components, and scenic installations of any kinds. Our gallery floor which is accessible by both elevator and stairs is 4,500 square feet and features in-house adjustable track and scanza lighting on dimmers, a prep kitchen with refrigeration, freezer and ice machine, a furnished VIP green room and private restrooms. Beyond the Altman Building’s physical grandeur, we proudly provide a professional production team to help design and ensure the success of your event. Our event team considers no detail too small and offers exceptional services ranging from basic security to state-of-the-art audio, lighting, video, internet, and stage design. Our staff works with the building’s striking architectural details to impeccably transform The Altman Building into the ideal venue for your event.

Package Pricing

Venue Rental
Attendees: 750 max | $15,500 /event
Pricing for all event types

Event Spaces

Main Floor
Main Floor


The Altman Building - New York City - An Eventective User from Brooklyn, NY

I attended an event at the Altman Building recently and really enjoyed the event host's choice of venue. It has a large, open floor plan, which helps in not feeling crowded, despite all the people in attendance. The main floor has pillars, high brick ceilings, and shiny wooden floors. The bathrooms are conveniently and discreetly located downstairs. The venue has a lower floor, but it is not as wide and open as the main floor upstairs. The main detail that caught my eye right away as I approached the building was the windows, which, according to their website, is their 'original French doors.' I feel they are the main reason the Altman Building has an open, roomy look and feel. The only thing I did not like was the ladies' room; I feel it was a little small for the amount of people that the venue could hold. For party/retail events, like the one I attended, the French doors acted as advertisements to the party inside; many people just passing by bought tickets at the door. For weddings, bar/bat mitzvahs, and other celebrations like that, the customer may want the windows covered, which the Altman will do. The Altman Building staff are friendly and knowledgeable about their venue; any questions I asked were not answered with a brusque, 'I don't know'. It is also located in the trendy neighborhood of Chelsea, so any out-of-town meeting goers will not have to worry about safety. The only reason I would not give the Altman Building a perfect 5 is the bathrooms, but that alone should not prevent any company from having their event at this venue.

Venue Types
  • Outside Catering Allowed
  • Max Number of People for an Event: 750
  • Total Meeting Room Space (Square Feet): 14,500