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Gallery Forty-Two is a historic wedding venue situated in the heart of downtown Indianapolis, Indiana. This fine art gallery was built in the 1830s and is the oldest surviving commercial building in Indianapolis. In 2014 it was lovingly renovated by Philadelphia philanthropists Jim and Linda Hunter and is now owned by businessman and two-time Olympian Bill Kessler. The property blends retro charm with modern luxury to create a premier event venue that welcomes weddings, anniversaries, corporate functions, galas, fundraisers, and more.

Facilities and Capacity

Gallery Forty-Two boasts more than 3,000 square feet of space spread over four floors. The gallery can accommodate up to 120 people and is best for couples hosting an intimate yet elegant soiree. The bottom floor is a breathtaking hall that features wood wainscoting and crown molding, hardwood floors, and elaborate two-tiered chandeliers that glitter from above. Fascinating paintings and statues dot this ground level and can be curated to suit the style and theme of each celebration. A sweeping staircase leads up to the mezzanine, where guests can order drinks at a built-in bar and overlook the festivities below. The top two floors house a number of suites where wedding parties can get ready together. These rooms exude an industrial-chic ambiance and feature exposed brick walls, antique furnishings, and delicate crystal chandeliers. A kitchen is also available and can be used by caterers to prepare hors d’oeuvres and dinner.

Services Offered

Rental of Gallery Forty-Two comes with exclusive access to the entire venue for eight hours of event time. There are three wedding packages that lovebirds can choose between based on their needs and guest list size. The most comprehensive of these include 100 black folding chairs, 20 four-foot round tables, twelve two-foot round cocktail tables, and black linens. Two antique wooden gifts and display tables, twelve full-spectrum uplights, an AV projector and microphone, and a custom monogram projector are also provided. Couples will also have access to a modular dance floor and a two-hour rehearsal time prior to their event.

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Akane A. Married on 09/16/2023
5 out of 5 rating

The best venue!

We are SO glad that we chose this venue. We didn’t have to decorate the venue much because it’s already so elegant with beautiful art. We had many friends coming all the way from other states, so we didn’t want to make it look too cheap. This venue offers reasonable plan, yet the quality you get is beyond that. Mary was very professional and experienced, and we fully relied on her in coordinating. This venue and Mary made our day very very special and successful. Highly recommended!
Shereese B. Married on 08/26/2023
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My wife and I are very blessed to have

My wife and I are very blessed to have held our wedding and reception at gallery forty-two! The staff was amazing!!!
Hillary A. Married on 07/29/2023
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Perfect! Couldn't have asked for better

We are SO happy to have found Gallery Forty-Two and Mary! My husband and I wanted a more intimate wedding with just close family, and the gallery was perfect for us. We ended up with about 30-40 people, although the space could easily fit double that if you wanted.

The venue itself is absolutely gorgeous, and has so many amazing spaces and pieces. Honestly, words will not do it justice - you just have to see it in photographs and in person, it's just unbelievable.

Mary was an absolute joy to work with! She answered all our questions and was so flexible. We planned our own wedding, and Mary shared a bunch of ideas other couples had to help us out, and was always open to working with our ideas. She made sure our favorite statues were by the wedding arch the day of the wedding, and let us point out our favorite pieces (and asked if we wanted to veto some pieces). We wanted to do a lounge area instead of a dance floor, and she knocked it out of the park! When we were stuck on a florist, she recommended our florist (the Archivist, Paula Shoultz), who was absolutely amazing. Mary was also our day-of coordinator and ROCKED. We worried about nothing the entire day!

If you're looking for a small-midsized elegant venue in Indianapolis, you absolutely have to check out Gallery Forty-Two.

(Pictures are from Tiernae Salley, @tiernaesalleyphotography)
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