Our Historic Story

Situated on one of the oldest sites in Ft. Lauderdale, the Maxwell Room has a long and varied history. First erected in 1925, the structure was name the Maxwell Arcade for its developer, Fred Maxwell. The Arcade was, and remains today, a premier Boom period example of classic Mediterranean Revival architecture.

Since then the Mediterranean Village had housed many notable businesses, from photo shops to attorney’s offices, restaurants to recording studios. When the Andrews Avenue bridge first opened in 1905, allowing easy access to the south side of the New River, Ft. Lauderdale experienced a rapid expansion. Soon, a Seminole camp neighbored a fish packing house on the site, and by 1919 the city’s first public tourist camp occupied the site, temporary abode of many “tin can tourists.”

Today, the brick arches and colonnades of the Maxwell Room seem to harbor countless reflections throughout its years, from 1925 to the present. A reminder that while the world has changed and grown a fast-paced race, some things retain the charm and elegance of bygone days.

The Maxwell Room is the perfect location for your wedding, reception, cocktail party or corporate event.

Discover New River’s Most Hidden Gem

Downtown Fort Lauderdale

The Courtyard

Romantic & Private

 Lined with bistro lights, located in front of the Maxwell Room entrance, with the whimsical garden-like ambiance, no one can call you boring! The playful, flexible decor and seating adds a healthy dose of fun to your day.


The New River Seawall

 With the world bustling around you, the seawall on the south side of the New River creates a beautifully unique backdrop that adds class and sophistication to your “I Do’s”

Historic Den

The Roaring 1920’s Den

The most Charming Space for any occasion. Enjoy the drinking den’s Historic brick arches and colonnades.

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Customized & Personal

Rehearsal Dinners

Full Service Elegance

Anniversaries & Engagements

Celebrations that Last a Lifetime

Baby Showers

Precious Moments


Bar Mitzvah | Bat Mitzvah | Sweet Sixteen

Lunch & Brunch

A Day Full Of Fun

Corporate Parties

Mix & Mingle

Charity Events & Receptions

A Night To Remember

Personalized Accommodations

Event Coordination

Specific Event Planning & Scheduling

Customized Cuisine

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