A Venue That’s Perfect for Any Event

Whether a wedding or prom, we got you covered.
Weddings & Anniversaries

Create a wedding that you’ve dreamed of for years.

Proms & Formals

The perfect venue for an elegant and memorable occasion.

Fraternity & Sorority Parties

Host the party of the year for your friends and their friends.

Quienceañera & Other Parties

A great place for a good time and unforgettable memories.

Package 1

  • Rental fee is only $3,000! 
  • The building is yours from 10:00 a.m. until 10:00 p.m. *If you want access the day before to set-up, rehearse or decorate we ask for an additional $100/hour.
  • Access to free parking downtown.
  • Concierge service is provided for you and your event.

Package 2

  • Rental fee is only $3,500!
  • The building is yours from 8:00 a.m. until 12:00 midnight. *If you want access the day before to set-up, rehearse or decorate we ask for an additional $100/hour.
  • Access to free parking downtown.
  • Concierge service is provided for you and your event.

Policies & Information


The Watson includes 275 white wooden chairs with white cushioned seats, 35 – 5′ round tables (which seat 6-8 guests each), and three 8′ long buffet tables with every building rental. Linens may be provided by your caterer, or we have a preferred vendor list of local rental companies that rent linens, decorations, or additional tables and chairs, etc. With our large open-air space, we can seat up to 300 people comfortably!


Your use of the large, industrial, catering kitchen is also included in the rental fee. Fitted with a stove, oven, warming oven, two commercial size refrigerators, large freezer as well as lots of stainless steel counter tops and triple sinks, we think any party is more than equipped. In addition, almost every local caterer is extremely familiar with this kitchen and definitely knows the ropes.


Along with all the above, a concierge service is included in your rental fee. This service provides your event with an attendant that helps your event run smoothly. The concierge arrives approximately 15 minutes prior to the beginning of your event and remains there throughout the evening and assists with shutting down the building by midnight depending on your package choice. If you have any issues or concerns during your day, they will gladly assist and help in any way. We want your day to be perfect!


We have an “open” catering policy which means you can choose the caterer of your choice. You may also choose the florist and/or decorator of your choice.


You provide the liquor, wine, and/or beer for your guests. All alcohol must be served out of the bar area by a licensed, TABC certified bartender which you or your bar service will provide. Coolers must be kept in the bar area or in the kitchen. Absolutely NO BYOB is allowed.


The building was built in 1927, and most of the interior is original. The ballroom on the main floor is enormous, very functional, and truly elegant. It has the original hardwood floors which were recently refinished. Also, the decorative trim on the walls is original. There is plenty of room for 15-20 tables as well as a large area for dancing. 


Overlooking the main floor are two lovely balconies (one in front and one in the back) and two staircases with the original wrought iron railings. These balconies provide a great view of the main floor, too. The front balcony will hold six tables which seat 48 guests. The rear balcony will hold four tables. There is a large bridal suite behind the rear balcony with a large restroom and dressing area.


The main floor restrooms which are handicapped accessible were completely renovated and are large and quite elegant.


You are responsible for setting up the tables and chairs, decorating, linens, etc.  We put all the tables and chairs away, do all the cleaning of the wood floors, sanitize the bathrooms and kitchen, sweep, and vacuum.


All we ask is that you remove any leftover food and drink, pick up any major spills or messes, wipe down the kitchen equipment, remove all trash when you are through, and leave the kitchen in the manner in which it is found.  Be sure to take all your personal items before locking down the building.

Pricing Information

The rental fee must be paid in full 5 months prior to your event. If you want to use the day before to set-up, rehearse or decorate there is a charge of $100/hour. We are not able to rent this time out until approximately 1 month before your wedding day. There is also a security deposit of $500 which is returned to you within 30-days following your event as long as there are no damages, spills, broken furniture, curtains harmed or removed, etc. This deposit holds your requested date, and there are no double bookings, whatsoever! The security deposit of $500 and $500 of the rental fee are due upon signing of the contract. The total balance or remaining $2,000 is not due until 5 months prior to your event.

The Watson Building

Thank you for your interest in our venue! If you are interested in touring this building and/or booking your Event with us, please click the button below to get started. We look forward to showing you The Historical Watson Building “Where Elegance Meets Excitement.” We are very proud of it, and I know your event will be perfect at The Watson Building!

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Tuesday – Thursday 10 AM to 5 PM


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1109 13th Street
Lubbock, TX 79401


Office: 806-765-7171
Cell: 806-543-4863
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