Borden Building and Fred Fletcher Amphitheater
Historical Resources and Museum Program
The Borden Building and Fred Fletcher Amphitheater are located in Fred Fletcher Park. The building and the amphitheater can be rented for weddings, parties, small conferences, bridal portraits, meetings, and other special events.
Site Features & Hours
The Borden Building is a non-staffed facility. If you are interested in renting the Borden Building or the Amphitheater and would like a tour of the facility contact Borden Program Manager, Thomas Edwards.
- Indoor and outdoor rental space
- Camp in the summer
- Downstairs accessible
- Volunteer opportunities
- On site parking
Built in 1900, The Borden Building is one of two remaining buildings on the former campus of the Methodist Home for Children. Purchased by the City of Raleigh in 1982, the Borden Building was extensively renovated in 1992. The house and its companion, Fred Fletcher Amphitheater, provide a wealth of history and tranquility in an urban setting.
The Borden Building and Fletcher Amphitheater do not offer an informal reservation system. The facilities are booked on a first come first serve basis.
To start the rental process, all applicants must contact and meet with the Borden Program Manager, Thomas Edwards.
The Borden Building and Amphitheater are available to rent everyday 10am-11pm excluding holidays.
Borden Venue Details
The Borden Building has various spaces inside and out. The downstairs can accommodate up to 100 people, and the upstairs 50 people. The house is large enough for a seated event of 102 people. The grounds on the east side of the building can be tented and accommodate up to 100 people, or 80 people seated. The maximum capacity for any event is 150 people. Amplified music, alcohol (beer & wine only), and dancing are allowed with some restrictions. The house also features a bride's room and groom's room upstairs. The Stone Circle to the west of the house is included in rentals of the Borden Building.
- $100/hour with a minimum of 4 consecutive hours
- $150/hour non-resident fee with a minimum of 4 consecutive hours
- $75 Security/Damage deposit (refundable)
- $60 Cleaning fee (This will go up to $80 on July 1, 2013)
- $15 Processing fee (non-refundable)
- $50 Alcohol Permit fee (non-refundable)
- $20/hr set up fee. This fee only applies the day before the rental. No food, drink, music, or dancing are allowed during set up time.
Fletcher Amphitheater Venue Details
Fred Fletcher Amphitheater can accommodate 300 people. A portion of the space can be tented and there is access to electricity. No alcohol is allowed in the amphitheater. Rental of the amphitheater is separate from rental of the Borden Building.
- $150 for a four hour block
- $75 Security/Damage Deposit (refundable)
- $15 processing fee (non-refundable)
Effective July 1, 2013
Increase in the hourly rate for the Fletcher Park Amphitheater (capacity 300) to $50/hr. This is a $12.50 increase and has not been increased since 2001. The minimum number of hours to rent will change to 1 hour.
The Cleaning Fee for the Borden Building will be $80.00 an hour. This is a $20.00 increase.
Events & Exhibits
This summer the Borden Building will be the launch site for Camp Raleigh On the Go.
Camp Raleigh on the Go will take youth ages 9-12 around Raleigh for a week full of fun activities focused on the history and culture of the Raleigh area. Each day campers will step aboard the Raleigh Trolley and head off to a new location. Field Trip locations will include Mordecai Historic Park, the Raleigh City Museum, the North Carolina Museum of History, Yates Mill County Park, the State Capitol, Durant Nature Park, the North Carolina Museum of Natural Science, Pullen Park, and more!
Participants can sign up for one of three weeks: June 3rd-7th, June 10th-14th, or June 17th-21st.
For more information about Camp Raleigh on the Go, and other Parks and Recreation camps visit Reclink.
There are many perks:
· Free admission to select site and museum events
· Free admission for select tours
· Free admission to select lectures
· Free admission to Mordecai Historic Park
· Free admission to City of Raleigh Museum
· 10% gift shop discount at Mordecai and City Museum
· 10% discount on all site rentals
· The Raleigh Register Program Newsletter
You can join the COR Museum Friends Group or the Mordecai Square Association; perks convey to each.
The collection at the Borden Building consists of antiques purchased by the Parks and Recreation Department when the structure underwent renovation in 1992, and other pieces donated to the site over the years. Some portraits and photos hanging at Borden feature Fred Fletcher for whom the home was named and children who grew up at the Methodist Home for Children.