Laughlin Level.

The Julia Laughlin Level is located at 304 Main Street at the Ames Regional Economic Alliance. 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.

Rental Information.

Upon agreement of rental, you will have to confirm you have read and understood our policies and procedures. For more information, contact us at or give us a call at 515-232-2310

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 Regional Economic Alliance member.

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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.

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Who was Julia Laughlin?

A memorable feature of the Ames train depot during World War 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.

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

Historic photo of Julia Laughlin

Laughlin Level Space Request:

Please complete the form below to request your rental. An Alliance staff member will reach out within 24 business hours of submission to follow up on details of your request. Rentals are offered on a first-come first-served basis and may not be available for your preferred date or time.

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