PENNSYLVANIA STATION, 1501 N. Charles St., (202) 906-2157. Contact: JoAnne Oakes. Reserve as far in advance as possible. Accommodates 200 seated, 400 standing. Available Saturdays only from 2 p.m. to 2 a.m. Cost ranges from $1,500, with an increase due Oct. 1. Rental requires a $2 million liability insurance policy, which may be attached as a rider to an existing policy.
The train station, opened in 1911 and renovated in 1983, was designed in the beaux arts classical style. Three leaded, stained-glass domes distinguish the main hall, and Doric fluted columns and solid oak benches adorn the room.
SHERATON INNER HARBOR HOTEL, 300 S. Charles St., 962-8300. Contact: Ann Cohen. Accommodates 425 seated with dance floor; up to 600 for standing reception. Kosher kitchen; kosher catering is available. Cost: $45 and up.
The Chesapeake and Harbor ballrooms both feature crystal chandeliers and a mauve and green color scheme. The Chesapeake, the larger of the two, is a three-sectioned ballroom that opens into one. It offers a gallery for pre-reception cocktails and a terrace with a city view.
SHIRLEY-MADISON INN, 205 W. Madison St., 728-6550. Reserve early as possible. Accommodates up to 45 seated, up to 80 standing. Cost varies.
Marble pillars, Gothic stone carvings, original ashwood staircase, year-old elevator, and original gas lamps (converted to electric) give this 110-year-old historic inn an intimate, old-world charm.
STOUFFER HARBORPLACE HOTEL, 202 E. Pratt St., 547-1200Reserve as early as possible. Accommodates 20 to 900 with dancing, 20 to 1,000 without dancing. Package plans start at $66, but custom arrangements are also available. In-house catering only, unless kosher.
Gentle tones of rose, mauve, gray and beige highlight the mahogany woodwork in the elegant, contemporary-style ballrooms of the Stouffer Harborplace Hotel.
UNION MILLS HOMESTEAD, Route 97, Union Mills, (301848-2288. Reserve three months in advance. Accommodates 50 to 80 inside and an unlimited number on the grounds. Available May to October. Cost: $150 donation.
Flower gardens, weeping willows and a stream grace the grounds of the homestead, a 23-room structure built in 1797 on the site of the former Shriver family estate.
WAVERLY, 2335 Marriottsville Road, Marriottsville, 313-5400. Reserve six months to a year in advance. Accommodates 150 inside for a buffet-style reception, an unlimited number outside with a tent. Available year-round. Cost for rental of house and grounds: $650 for seven hours, with a $200 security deposit. List of approved caterers available.
This 18th century house, newly renovated, was the home of former Gov. George Eager Howard.
WILLIAM PACA HOUSE, 186 Prince George St., Annapolis, (301) 263-5553. Call for appointment. Reserve as early as possible. Accommodates 150 seated, 200 standing. Available after 5 p.m. daily May 1 to Sept. 30. Champagne, wine and beer only. Limit on amplification of music. Cost: $800 for space rental plus cost of tent.
Former Gov. William Paca, a signer of the Declaration of Independence, built this 37-room mansion. Receptions take place on tented terraces overlooking the grounds.
WORLD TRADE CENTER, 401 E. Pratt St., 333-4540. Contact: Agnes Coleman. Reserve up to one year in advance. Accommodates 200 seated, 250 standing. Available daily and on holidays. Midnight curfew. Catering by approved firms only. Cost: Mondays to Thursdays, $700 during the day, evening $800. Fridays to Sundays, $800 day, $900 evening. Starting Dec. 1, Mondays to Thursdays $800 day, $900 evening; Fridays to Sundays, $900 day, $1,000 evening.
The Constellation Room on the 21st floor offers a marble dance floor and spectacular view of the harbor.