Historic NJ Catering Hall:
The Garden Vista
A Grand Reception Hall Dating Back to the Roaring 20s
The Garden Vista Building was originally opened in 1922 as the home of the Passaic Elks Lodge—the first Elks Lodge on the entire East Coast. From the 1920s through the 1950s, the visually stunning Grand Ballroom was the centerpiece for North Jersey social events. Residents from Passaic, Clifton, Paterson, and surrounding areas enjoyed dancing on weekend nights there, and overnight guests stayed in the hotel rooms upstairs. From the marble lobby to the crystal chandeliers, gold leaf trim to the soaring vaulted ceilings, the Garden Vista was THE place to book a celebration for families and organizations throughout Passaic County.
In 2005, the Garden Vista Building was named to the National Register of Historic Places
An Affordable Ballroom, Updated for Today’s Weddings and Special Events
Decades after the Elks Lodge closed, entrepreneur Jim Robbins purchased the Garden Vista Building and restored its grandeur. After four years of skillful restoration, the historic special event hall reopened in 2009 as a sophisticated reception hall for fine catering and private events in Passaic County. As part of the North Jersey venue’s restoration, and in line with the neighborhood’s rejuvenation, Jim converted the former hotel rooms into rental apartments for seniors.
Recognizing the owner’s creativity, vision and meticulous caretaking of the venue’s history and original architectural features, the State of New Jersey nominated Garden Vista Ballroom for a national historic preservation award in 2010.
Venue Special Features
Located in Passaic, with easy access to major highways, our clients and their guests come from throughout North Jersey, NYC and Rockland County to celebrate special personal occasions or for corporate events.
Contact Garden Vista Ballroom to arrange your consultation and discover what’s possible in our historic gem for your next social or corporate event.