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The Crystal Ballroom At The Rice
909 Texas Avenue
Houston, TX 77002

tel: (713) 227-7423
fax: (713) 229-8869

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The Crystal Ballroom At The Rice
With an elegant lobby entrance complimented by crystal chandeliers, 35 ceilings and spectacular murals the Crystal Ballroom is a very unique space to hold your event. The Crystal Ballroom, catered by Sambuca Catering, accommodates private events that range from an intimate dinner for 50 to a cocktail reception for 800. The Crystal Ballroom has a variety of options and unique spaces for your business meeting, fundraiser, seated dinner, cocktail reception or wedding.

A place where history was made, from generals to presidents…
  • General Sam Houston walked these grounds; weighted with concerns for Texas.
  • President Benjamin Harrison spoke from the balcony; then lunched with his wife. President Taft
  • addressed, “ten acres of people,” on the balcony President Harrison had spoken from.
  • President Franklin D. Roosevelt and his wife thought the dining room was the most beautiful place
  • to eat in Houston; when in town, the couple frequently enjoyed The Rice.
  • President Dwight and Mamie Eisenhower slept here.
  • President John F. Kennedy and Jackie made an historic visit here. As first Lady, Jackie Kennedy
  • made her one and only political speech in The Crystal Ballroom to Texas representatives of LULAC.
  • Other notable “stars” to grace the Crystal Ballroom include:
  • Clark Gable, Will Rogers, Perry Como, Shirley Temple, Mick Jagger

The silk draperies, crystal chandeliers, hand painted murals, arched mahogany French doors opening to a wrap-around balcony and elegant terrace where receptions and private ceremonies can be held amidst a full stage for presentations, awards, banquets, V.I.P. seating, or entertainment.
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