Ames Chamber of Commerce

Laughlin Level

The Julia Laughlin Level is located at 304 Main Street at the Ames Chamber of Commerce. With ample parking, a variety of beautiful and versatile spaces available, and a dedicated staff committed to creating excellent events, it is the perfect place to hold your next event or meeting in Ames, Iowa.

For more information, contact us at or give us a call at 515-232-2310.

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Submit Your Reservation for the Laughlin Level

We are now accepting reservations for events after September 15, 2021!

Rental Information

Capacity – Rounds

Capacity – Theater

Member rate – half day

Member rate – full day

Non-Member rate – half day

Non-Member rate  - full day







Nonprofit and weekend rates available upon request

General Policies

Upon agreement of rental, you will have to confirm you have read and understood our policies and procedures. 

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Available Equipment

We have a variety of technology and equipment available to enhance your rental experience. When confirming your rental agreement, we will confirm all equipment needs as well.

Approved Food & Beverage

Food and beverage may be purchased from an Ames Chamber of Commerce member. Check out a list of approved vendors in our directory


Parking is available south of the building in the CBD lot in 2 and 4 hour increments. Parking is available on a first-come basis. Additional parking can be found off Main Street or Kellogg Avenue. Check out additional parking resources

Who was Julia Laughlin?

Farwell T. Photographic Archive, Ames Public Library, Courtesy of Ames History Museum

A memorable feature of the Ames train depot during WW I was its woman Station Master, Julia Laughlin. She was appointed in 1917, the widow of a 30-year veteran conductor for the C&NW Line. Her 20-year experience of traveling with her husband gave her extensive knowledge of railroad operations. With her commanding manner and strong voice, Station Master Laughlin directed passengers to the correct trains, gave the all clear signal for departures and handled many problems in the bustling depot. In 1924, the railroad announced she would be laid off, a decision the Chamber of Commerce promptly re-negotiated. Julia remained at the Ames depot until the early 1930’s and was the only woman station master in the nation.

Looking for more information? Get in touch with us today! or 515-232-2310

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