WELCOME TO THE PAXTON!
A unique and historic wedding venue in the heart of downtown Omaha
1403 Farnam Street #200
Omaha, NE 68102
Contact: Chad Morford, General Manager
The Paxton Ballroom is one of Downtown Omaha’s premier wedding and reception venues, but is also perfect for rehearsal dinners, business meetings, holiday parties, and a variety of social and charitable functions.
Ballroom Room Rental Includes:
Use of Paxton Furniture which includes:
(25) 72 Inch Round Tables
(10) 60 Inch Round Tables
Paxton Ballroom Chairs
(6) Tall Cocktail Tables
(6) 6 Foot Tables
(6) 8 Foot Tables
(2) Half Rounds
Use of the Ballroom and Second Floor Mezzanine
Use of Orchestra Stage and Podium
Room Set-up and Breakdown
Barware, Bar Glasses & (2) Portable Bars
Audio Visual Equipment
Paxton Standard Table Settings - China, Silver, Glassware
Parking in the Omaha Park 2 Garage
Food and Beverage Services:
All catering and wait staff is provided by The Paxton Ballroom’s exclusive caterer.
A range of menu prices are available to suit your needs
All bar and alcohol sales are be provided by the Paxton Ballroom under our liquor license
The Paxton offers several bar packages to suit all of your beverage needs. Please contact us for additional information and pricing
Services provided for an additional charge:
Ballroom Security Guard (x2) at $25 per hour per guard – mandatory
Bartenders provided at $20 per hour per bartender
Servers provided at $20 per hour per server
20% service fee on total catering and bar
Ceremony Fee of $500 – if necessary
90in. x 90in. Square Tablecloths for Seating Tables at $5 per linen
Banquet Cloths for Banquet Tables at $5 per linen – White, Black or Ivory
Cloth Napkins are .25 cents per napkin, available in a variety of colors.
A Ceremony fee only applies if the wedding ceremony takes place in the Ballroom & a room reset is required prior to the reception
Decorating Policy: All decor and decorating times must be discussed & coordinated with the Event Manager. The venue will be set & ready for decor by noon on the day of the event. All decor must be removed from the venue immediately following the event
The Paxton is Exclusively Catered by Hap Abraham Catering
All Alcohol and Bar Options are provided by the Paxton
Complete Music is the Paxton’s exclusive DJ service. For more information about pricing, please visit their site.
A signed Rental Agreement and Half of Room Rental is Required to Reserve a Date
We are always available to discuss details, pricing, or just give some friendly advice about planning your event. Give us a call. We’d love to hear from you!
Looking for that perfect downtown venue for your next event? You found it!
Sun - Thurs: $1000
Abraham Catering has achieved a reputation for catering excellence in Omaha for over 50 years. Their experienced staff looks forward to exceeding all of your expectations and serving you some incredible food. Please visit Abraham’s site to view all of their catering’s menus, or they would be more than happy to create a custom menu for your special event.
Brothers CW, WT and JB Kitchen built the first Paxton Hotel for about $250,000. They named it after Omahan William Paxton, a frontier entrepreneur active in cattle production, railroading and freight. Among some of the prominent guests who stayed at the Old Paxton were "Buffalo” Bill Cody and William Jennings Bryan.
A most intriguing event associated with the original Paxton was the murder of Harry King, son of the millionaire owner of Browning, King & Co. men’s apparel store in Omaha. King’s mistress, Elizabeth Bechler, fired two shots at him as he walked away from her in the hotel lobby.
President McKinley stayed at the Paxton during the Trans-Mississippi Exposition.
The Paxton served as the headquarters for three political parties: the Bull Moose, Democratic and Republican. Such dignitaries as Presidents Woodrow Wilson and Theodore Roosevelt registered as guests in 1912.
The first Paxton Hotel was demolished to make way for the grand structure that exists today. It took four weeks to raze the Old Paxton.
Eight months and $1.5 million after demolition, the new Paxton Hotel opened. The hotel was regarded as one of Omaha’s finer art deco buildings. The carpet in the lobby is said to be the largest ever used in any hotel at that time. The interior design was by Marshall, Field & Co. of Chicago. Features included 420 rooms, four dining rooms, a barbershop and a ballroom, plus modern amenities such as elevators, telegraph and cable services, and even a rooftop dog kennel with runways. Room rates started at $2.50 a night.
The Kitchen brothers sold the Paxton to Joseph Huckins III. The sale was regarded as the largest real estate deal ever to take place in Omaha at that time.
The College World Series was held in Omaha for the first time. The teams stayed at the Paxton.
Color television was displayed at the Paxton and broadcast nationally.
The Paxton boasted air conditioning, a package liquor store and grill room. Throughout the 1930’s and 1940’s, the hotel hosted the big band sounds of Paul Moorhead, which were broadcast weekly on coast-to-coast radio.
The Paxton stopped operating as a hotel and became the location of the Women’s Job Corps.
The Paxton became a hotel once again. Decorated in a "traditional Mediterranean” style, the hotel featured carpeting on all floors and smoked glass mirrors on the lobby walls. Virtually every square inch of the hotel was refurbished, with the exception of three large murals in the lounge. The murals, painted by Nebraska artist, Leonard Thiessen, were part of the original hotel built in 1929.
The Paxton hotel converted to Paxton Manor, a self-care retirement home.
The grandeur of The Paxton is restored into an exclusive condominium residential community with attending shops and offices.
Paxton Events, L.L.C restores the Historic Paxton Ballroom to its original grandeur and reopens the Ballroom as the premier venue for social, charitable, and business events in Downtown Omaha.