Available Rooms and Rental Rates

Classroom 1 and 2

Brown Community Room

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Classroom 1 $50/hour
Non-Profit $40/hour
Capacity: 30
Rate $85/hour
Non-Profit $75/hour
Capacity: 50
Classroom 2 $60/hour
Non-Profit $50/hour
Capacity: 40

Lyda Moore Merrick Gallery 

Lyda Moore Merrick Gallery

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Rate $110/hour
Non-profit $95/hour
Capacity: 125
32′ w x 32′ d
Rate: $60/hour;
Non-profit $50/hour
Capacity: 40

Main Level

(Lyda Moore Merrick Gallery + Brown Community Room)

Upper Gallery

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 Rate $165/hour  Rate $60/hour
 Non-profit $145/hour  Non-profit $50/hour
32′ w x 31′ d

Historic St. Joseph’s Performance Hall

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Built:1891 (Former St. Joseph’s AME Church) A National Historic Landmark Renovated/Restored 2001; Capacity:400; Dimensions: 33 X 32.2; Technical support on site; Parking: Center Lot, Phoenix Crossing, Phoenix Square, Heritage Square, and side streets;

Rental Rates: $200/hour; $160/hour Non-Profit

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Rental Information


Outside catering allowed. No cooking is permitted on site.

ABC Permits

ABC Permits are required for sale or distribution of alcohol during a facility rental.  Permits must be obtained through the ABC Commission and approved by the Center.


Proof of insurance may be required by the Center as part of the facility rental agreement. Failure to show proof of insurance within 10 days of rental will rescind the rental agreement.


Cancellations must be in writing.  Deposits will be refunded with written cancellations no less than 10 days prior to events.  All contracts must be executed prior to rental date and deposits must be paid in order to execute contracts.  Payments in full must be paid prior to the event unless otherwise agreed upon in writing.  No personal checks accepted.

Deliveries of Rental Equipment

Any deliveries of rental equipment must be made between 10:00 am and 3:00 pm Monday through Saturday.  A representative of the event must be present to accept delivery.  THE CENTER IS NOT RESPONSIBLE FOR RENTAL EQUIPMENT OR OTHER ITEMS LEFT FOLLOWING THE EVENT.  A diagram of the room set up(s) is required with the rental deposit.


It is advised that anyone planning a rental inquire about current or planned exhibitions prior to scheduling an event.  EXHIBITIONS WILL NOT BE DISMANTLED, REMOVED OR COVERED for rental clients.

Additional Fees

A non-refundable reservation fee of $50 is required at the time of application in order to guarantee availability of the space(s), date(s) and time(s) requested.  A non-refundable fee of $100 is required at the time of application in order to guarantee availability of the Performance Hall for the date(s) and time(s) requested.  An additional refundable deposit is required for use of the Kitchen.

Click here to download the Facility Rental Application.

Click here to download the Performance Hall Rental Application.

Directions and Parking

The Hayti Heritage Center is located at the corner of Fayetteville Street and Lakewood Avenue, only 2 minutes from downtown Durham,  blocks from North Carolina Central University, and just off of the Durham Freeway (Hwy. 147).

See the Contact Us page for additional information.

Parking is available on the premises, at Phoenix Square, Heritage Square Shopping Center, and on adjacent streets.