Space Available for Rent


For larger events, the Backus Stage/Gym will provide seating for 200-500
Room size:  55' x 85'
Non-Profit $375 per day
Commercial $575 per day
Private short-term parties $25 per hour

start to finish

Dining Room East

 Our Dining Room can seat up to 100 guests and has a light and airy atmosphere thanks to the abundance of east and south sun exposure

Dining Room South

Room 110 size:  22' x 34'
Room 111 size:  23' x 44' 

$100 per day rental fee
includes both dining room sections


 The 1,000 seat Auditorium is equipped with a full-sized stage, lighting, sound and a 24' x 16' projection system allowing for modern presentations and performances
$1 per seat rental fee charged in addition to gym rental fee, fee used for auditorium
capital improvements

Board Room 103

The Backus Board Room is ideal for groups up to 25 and features original wood cabinetry

Room size:  24' x 22'
$50 per day rental fee

Conference Room 101/102

Our Conference Room can seat up to 100 and is open to a variety of table and seating configurations

Room size:  60' x 25'
$100 per day rental fee

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If you don't see what you like on the menu, ask about special requests!  (218) 373-3001

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Rental & Lease Opportunities - Location | Amenities | Affordable!

Meetings, workshops, classes, parties, showers, concerts .... for 1 to 1,000 ....
the historic Backus building has space for you!

  • Convenient location in the heart of International Falls next to the Forestland Annex 
  • Meeting rooms and auditorium space to accommodate any size group
  • Highly competitive rental and lease rates
  • Catering services available
  • Ample parking and on the city bus route
  • Distinctive Art Deco style with terrazzo floors and polished granite walls


Our staff includes a licensed food manager, licensed cooks and an experienced event coordinator.
Past events hosted in our facility include: weddings, class reunion dinners, receptions, banquets, concerts, plays, public meetings, trainings sessions - large and small - showers, funerals, dances and other special events -- if you can plan it, we can host it!

A 9-foot Steinway Concert Grand Piano is also available for your event, and Backus can secure a variety of musicians or vocalists to fit your needs.

Call Robin Bjorkquist for rental rates and details (218) 373-3004