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McGregor Memorial Conference Center

Contact Information:

(313) 577-2400
Catering Director

Welcome to the McGregor Memorial Conference Center, the metropolitan area meeting place that has drawn internationally known speakers, experts in nearly every scholarly field, and city, state and national leaders. In its three-decade history, the McGregor Center has been the place of choice for many who have been in the forefront of advancing new ideas, developing the concept of community and advancing the application of scientific technology.

The McGregor Memorial Conference Center has helped make thousands of events “work”. We look to impress you in ways that count – our highly experienced team is here to meet your every need. We’ll see to it that you have the right meeting room, the right menu and the right faculty experts – if needed. Our capable staff can help plan and host your event. We’ll valet park your guests – on request, handle all aspects of registration and arrange for overnight accommodations – if needed. We have a concierge, just in case there is that small detail that requires special attention.


The McGregor Center is an extraordinary three sites in one. It offers an accommodating auditorium in the adjacent Community Arts complex, with a grand meeting room – the Alumni Lodge, and a beautiful Japanese rock garden. You’ll have it all at the McGregor Center – from an ample space to meet, greet and welcome your guests, to accommodations that suit your needs from event planning to gourmet quality catering.


The McGregor Memorial Conference Center is surrounded by a dynamic yet tranquil setting of Wayne State University. You’ll find relaxing comfort, spacious meeting rooms with a view of the campus and reflection pool, and stunning architecture. This idyllic scene is offset by the excitement of Downtown Detroit which is nearby. For local and first-time visitors to the metropolitan area, the McGregor Memorial Conference Center is a spectacular starting point from which to experience the vitality of the area.

Part of the McGregor Center’s attraction is its location on the campus of Wayne State University – a leading urban research university of 32,000 students. The University has fine degree programs in more than 350 fields including graduate study toward master’s and doctoral academic programs such as medicine and law. As part of the University Cultural Center, the McGregor Center is within walking distance of the Detroit Institute of Arts, the Detroit Historical Museum, and the Detroit Library. Also nearby are the Children’s Museum, Detroit Science Center, International Institute and Museum of African-American History. In addition, Wayne State University has two repertory theatres, Bonstelle and Hilberry.


When the sun goes down, the lights go up in Downtown Detroit. A favorite night spot is Greektown which dishes up specially prepared ethnic dinners and entertainment. The Renaissance Center and its towering 72-story Westin Hotel contain dozens of shops. The Detroit Symphony is one of the best venues for music and theatre with performances throughout the year. Live, professional entertainment abounds at the Fisher Theatre, Detroit Music Hall, and the Fox Theatre. Just 10 minutes from Downtown, via the international tunnel or bridge, is Detroit’s sister city in Canada, Windsor – a haven for shoppers.

Additional Information:

The McGregor Center was built in memory of Tracy W. and Katherine McGregor, who founded the McGregor Fund, a non-profit philanthropic corporation in 1925 to “relieve the misfortunes and promote the well-being of mankind.” The McGregor Fund, in giving the money for the McGregor Center, specified that it be used as a community conference center for groups of citizens interested in exploring ways and means of being helpful to others. Completed in 1958, the McGregor Center was the masterpiece of world-renowned architect Minoru Yamasaki. The two-story Center is a highly sculptured building with meeting rooms that border and overlook a lobby accented by free-standing columns and partitions highlighted with teakwood. The magnificent atrium design provides abundant natural lighting. The building earned a First Honor Award from the American Institute of Architects.

The McGregor Center offers:

  • 11 meeting rooms
  • 600-seat auditorium with audio, lighting and acoustical systems
  • 2,500 square foot reception area
  • 3,500 square foot exhibit space
  • Catering service with gourmet credentials