The Grotto at Nazareth Halladmin
Nazareth Hall is known for its outdoor grotto located down the hill from the building, across the stream. It has a capacity of up to 320 people. The grotto is a charming, secluded, and romantic place to hold a ceremony. It is surrounded by beautiful woods and a small stream. As a result, these two features create a sense of calmness every bride and groom long for.
History of the Grotto
Ever wonder about the origins of this grotto? Well, to very few’s knowledge, the grotto is actually as old as the building. When Nazareth Hall itself was built in the late 1920s as a cadet school they decided to add the grotto on the property as well. The builders made it a replica of a famous grotto in Lourdes, France. It is constructed of coral formations that were imported from the Mediterranean Sea.
When it was originally built the grotto had waterfalls cascading off the building into a small pond. This would overflow into a gentle stream. Unfortunately, the waterfall was turned off due to the staining of the coral that occurred from the well water.
In 1941 the grotto was hit by a tornado that went through Grand Rapids. As a result, the tornado actually destroyed portions of the grotto. Eventually, it was rebuilt by a family in Fostoria, Ohio in dedication to their son who died in the tornado.
Since then, Nazareth Hall and the grotto have been preserved and protected. Our goal is to keep it as beautiful and exquisite as it was when it first opened to the public in 1928.
The character and age of this stunning setting is one of the most unique and special locations that can be incorporates into your big day.
Scroll to see pictures from past weddings of the grotto! Additionally, you can also take a virtual tour of the grotto here.