Located in beautiful Highlands, NC, The Bascom offers renters a unique vintage wood, glass, and steel space surrounded with unembellished mountain views. Our six-acre campus is conveniently located to the area’s various country clubs and is a short drive to Cashiers, Glenville, Sapphire, and Lake Toxaway, as well as nearby cities such as Atlanta, Asheville, and Greenville. With a mission statement centering on Education, Outreach, and Exhibitions, when you choose The Bascom you choose to become a partner in the visual art enrichment of the plateau.

Our Campus

Completed in 2009, The Bascom is beautifully located on a six-acre campus situated on the former Crane Horse Farm. The main building is a Dewolf Architecture and Lord, Aeck & Sargent Architecture design: 27,500 square feet of museum-quality space combining the hand-hewn post-and-beam Ester barn with modern materials including stone and glass. The Ester barn was originally built in 1838 in Linglestown, Pennsylvania, where it served as a stagecoach shop until the 1920s. Later it was used in farming operations.

The old-growth pine floors in The Atrium are the original “threshing floor” sourced from several historic barns. The threshing floor was where the dried wheat was scattered and struck with a stick and leather beater. This legacy gives The Atrium’s wooden floors the irregular nicks and warm patina visible today.


The Venue

The Bascom’s covered terrace is available to rent for guest functions Monday-Sunday from 5 pm-11 pm. This area can seat 100 guests under the covered portion and 200+ with additional tenting.

Rental Fee

The Bascom’s covered terrace rents for $6,000.

Our Rental Policy

Highlands is located in a temperate rainforest. Please note that weather can change quickly and there should always be an inclement weather option. The covered terrace is open on three sides and has no permanent walls, heating, or air-conditioning. We do have temporary canvas walls with windows that can be lowered in case of inclement weather, however, it should be noted that these walls are not ideal for strong winds or rain.

Due to The Bascom’s non-profit status, political, non-wedding religious services, and merchandise sales by outside groups cannot be accommodated.

Renting The Bascom’s covered terrace does not include the rental of any additional part of The Bascom’s campus, with the exception of our two outdoor classrooms. During your event, caterers are welcome to use our main level catering kitchen and guests may use our main level restroom facilities. Gallery, administrative, and classroom spaces will remain locked during all venue rentals.

Renting The Bascom’s covered terrace does not include any other service aside from facility rental. During your event, The Bascom will provide one attendant to offer light custodial work and to lower canvas walls due to weather. The Bascom does not offer any services in moving or renting furniture, party planning, or clean-up. For this reason, and to ensure that your special day runs effortlessly, The Bascom requires that all renters use a non-related professional event planner with a working website. The Renter’s event planner must be on campus during set up, event, and tear down.

We understand that Highlands’ geographical location can cause many logistical problems. We proudly offer a list of preferred vendors who are familiar with our facility and area. Due to these same logistical issues, your rental fee at The Bascom includes a 48 hour grace period (24 hours on each side of the event) to allow for rental drop-off and pick-up.


 To Rent the Bascom:

Call 828-526-4949 for more information, or download, complete and return The Bascom Venue Rental Guidelines & Contract below to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Venue Rental Contract & Guidelines