The Baughman Center is a stunning, elegant contemplation space in the heart of the University of Florida campus. Designed to bring the picturesque outdoor setting inside, the soaring windows and delicate natural materials echo the serene Florida surroundings. There’s no question why this is considered one of the most beautiful, peaceful spots in Gainesville.
The Baughman Center is open to the public for private contemplation on weekdays. It also frequently hosts private events such as weddings and memorial services.
BAUGHMAN CENTER HOURS
The Baughman Center is open to the public for private contemplation on weekdays. The venue is closed to the public on weekends but is often used to host private events such as weddings and memorial services. Please be courteous and do not take pictures on the bridge or walk up to the building while event signs are posted. The parking lot is also reserved for events during these times. Your vehicle is subject to being towed if you park during an event. Thank you for your cooperation!
Baughman Center & Administration Building Hours :
Monday – Thursday: 8 am – 5:30 pm
Friday: 8 am – 5 pm
Closed: The Baughman Center is closed on all University recognized holidays and home football games. View the UF Holiday Calendar »
CONTACT THE BAUGHMAN CENTER
For more information, to check availability, or to schedule a venue tour, please contact the Baughman Center Manager at 352.294.0049 or via email at firstname.lastname@example.org
About the Baughman Center
- ABOUT THE BUILDING:
The Baughman Center is a stunning, elegant contemplation space in the heart of the University of Florida campus. Designed to bring the picturesque outdoor setting inside, the soaring windows and delicate natural materials echo the serene Florida surroundings. From travertine marble floors to the hardwood paneled ceiling, this is one of the most peaceful, beautiful spots in Gainesville.
The Baughman Center is open to the public for private contemplation on weekdays. On weekends, it often hosts private events such as weddings and memorial services. The facility consists of two buildings: the Baughman Center itself and a small administration building. The Baughman Center has fixed bench seating accommodating 96 people. The administrative building contains a staff office, a holding/ready room, and men and women’s restroom facilities.
The architect responsible for the Baughman Center’s design is John Zona. He is also the architect responsible for Mandi’s Chapel, located near Live Oak. In addition to being a past recipient of the Judges’ Award from Keep Alachua County Beautiful, the Baughman Center was ranked third on the Florida Architecture: 100 Years, 100 Places list published by the Florida Chapter of the American Institute of Architects.
For information about renting the Baughman Center for your event, rental policies and rates please visit the Venue Rental page or contact the Baughman Center office.
WEDDINGS AT THE BAUGHMAN CENTER:
We are always thrilled when someone considers the Baughman Center as the venue for a wedding! Anyone can be married at the Baughman Center regardless of their cultural background, faith or affiliation with the University. Our experienced and dedicated staff handles more than 100 weddings a year and is available to assist you every step of the way from your initial reservation to “I Do.” Availability is limited, so please call the Baughman Center office before finalizing your plans.
Parking spaces for patrons with disabilities are located in front of the administration building.
Wheelchair seating is available on both the left and right sides of the Baughman Center in the first and last rows. In addition, a gently sloped ramp allows guests in wheelchairs access to the stage/platform in front of the large picture window.
Restrooms in the administration building of the Baughman Center provide facilities for those with disabilities.
Directions and Parking
The Baughman Center is located at the intersection of Radio and Museum Roads, on the University of Florida campus, with convenient access from I-75 at the Archer Road or Newberry Road exits.
Parking for the Baughman Center is available near the Administration Building adjacent to the Baughman Center. Parking is limited and restricted to Baughman Center patrons and guests only. University of Florida decals are not honored. One-day passes are issued at the Baughman Center administration office in the service building adjacent to the Baughman Center. Parking passes are not required for weddings or wedding rehearsals, which are only held during hours not regulated by campus parking restrictions.
Parking spaces for patrons with disabilities are located next to the administration building and on the north side of the parking lot.
DRIVING DIRECTIONS: Please allow ample time for travel and parking prior to events.
Please Note: The Baughman Center parking entrance is just south of the intersection of Radio Road and Museum Drive. Some GPS devices will take drivers to the area of Corry Village Apartments instead of the Baughman Center. So please also use a map to supplement GPS directions (click here for a Google map).
From NW US 441
Slight right toward NW 43rd St
Continue straight onto NW 43rd St
Turn left onto NW 16th Blvd
Turn right onto NW 34th St
Turn left onto Radio Rd
From I-75 N toward Lake City
Take exit 382 for FL-121 N toward Gainesville
Turn left onto FL-121 N/FL-331 N/SE Williston Rd
Take the 1st left onto FL-121 N/SW 34th St
Turn right onto Radio Rd
From FL-24 W/NE Waldo Rd
Turn right onto State Rd 26 W/W University Ave
Turn left onto SW 13th St
Turn right onto Museum Rd
Continue straight to stay on Museum Rd
Baughman Center will be on the left