The Baker Center is located at 1640 Cumberland Avenue on the University of Tennessee campus. In addition, to meeting and classroom facilities, the building also houses the Honors and Scholar’s Office, the Modern Political Archives with research room, administrative offices, and an executive office and boardroom for Senator Baker. Private funds were used to construct the $17 million building which was designed to LEED Silver Certification. The center is 51,527 sq. ft., three-level structure, clad in brick and Tennessee marble, with a 3 story rotunda under a colorful, lighted dome.
Important Facility Rental Information
The facility is only available for University of Tennessee sponsored events and a rental fee does apply. Space cannot be reserved more than 60 days in advance (exception of semester credit courses). Facility reservations at the Baker Center are open only to faculty and staff of the University of Tennessee. The building is open 8:00 am – 5:00 pm, Monday – Friday. Public parking for visitors to the Baker Center is available at the Vol Hall Garage on White Avenue for a fee of $2/hour.
Please read our policy and complete this form: Baker Center Reservation Form. Please attach that file to a return email to Elizabeth Woody at firstname.lastname@example.org or fax to 865.974.8777. We cannot reserve space over the phone. Floor plans and seating capacity for the Toyota Auditorium and Second Floor Classrooms available for reservation is available.
Located on the first floor, the Toyota Auditorium seats around 100 people at round tables of 7, and has room for additional chairs along the sides and back of the room. A stage with table and podium to the side are the standard arrangement for this room. Theatre style (on the right) is another option for larger groups (approx. 170).
$200 weekdays, $300 weekends
Our rotunda is an elegant, open space featuring marble floors and sound system, soaring three stories. This area is perfect for receptions, book signings or other special events. Limited seating and two long rectangular tables are available.
$400 weekdays, $500 weekends
Located on the third floor, the Executive Boardroom can seat 18 people around one long table. Both a projector and screen are present.
Reading Room/First Floor Lounge
This cozy room is located on the first floor, seats 8-12 people, and is not AV capable. Primarily, the Reading Room is used for small meetings and study sessions.
Rooms 204 & 205
$150 weekdays, $250 weekends
Located on the second floor and set up with long tables and chairs. Each class seats up to 30. 204/205 can be combined to create one larger room that will hold up to 60 people. Each room has a projector and screens as well as AV capabilities. Typically these rooms are used for UT classes during the semester and not available for rental.
Rooms 207 & 208
$100 weekdays, $150 weekends
Located on the second floor and set up with tables and chairs. These rooms can hold between 10 and 15 people. They can be combined to create one larger room that will seat as many as 25. These rooms have no projection equipment.