The Indianapolis Propylaeum is a unique historic wedding venue in Indianapolis’ Old Northside neighborhood. Standing in its North Delaware Street location for nearly a century, The Propylaeum was formed as a civic organization for women in the city and named for the Greek word for “gateway” to allude to the opportunities it would usher to its members.
Facilities and Capacity
The experienced, professional Indianapolis Propylaeum staff is there to work with you to make your wedding a dream come true; they’ll work hard to ensure all details are soon-on, such as which of the three spaces would be best for your event; both indoor and outdoor spots are available. The maximum guest capacity is 175 people.
With The Indianapolis Propylaeum, your guests can party until they’re tired and then head to an on-site room to rest up for the night. Additionally, there’s an on-site bridal suite, which will certainly be useful come the big day.
The Indianapolis Propylaeum provides a number of event items, including tables with linens and chairs with covers; they’ll take care of setup and teardown, too, which should be music to your ears. Couples also benefit from events staff helping with day-of coordination as well. Services and offerings include:
The wheelchair-accessible venue is tied to all sorts of love-centric affairs, from elopements, ceremonies and receptions to engagement parties, rehearsal dinners, and bridal showers. Listed on the National Register of Historic Landmarks, The Propylaeum also maintains both a Victorian house and a carriage house on the grounds as well. This venue is just five minutes from all of the hubbub in downtown Indianapolis, and they offer tours of the mansion as well as on-site parking. The Indianapolis Propylaeum offers shuttle and valet service and has hosted many kinds of other events since 1924, such as classes, fundraisers, and corporate dinners.
The idea for a building in Indianapolis that would support and cultivate women’s interests in art, science and education was put forth in the summer of 1888. Famed suffragist May Wright Sewell was named president and the name, Greek for “gateway” was chosen. By the winter, a lot was purchased at 17 East North Street, which is now the site of the World War Memorial Plaza. This first building was dedicated in 1891, while the current building was occupied by The Propylaeum in 1923.
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11 Reviews for The Indianapolis Propylaeum
Recommended by 97% of couples
Linda · Married on 06/03/2017
My review is from the perspective of the wedding day (6/3/2017) itself from the mother of the bride. Everything looked lovely, the dining room, the grounds, the entire house. Everything went so smoothly, largely because of Elizabeth who was everywhere helping with all the little details, including several things which weren't really her responsibility. Thank you so much Elizabeth for making it a very special day, memorable for all the right reasons.Sent on 07/06/2017
Natalie · Married on 10/08/2016
The Propylaeum is a hidden gem in Indianapolis. The old Victorian mansion is gorgeous! I was searching for a vintage venue, and a friend recommended The Propylaeum. After our first visit we were in love! We had our ceremony on the front porch on a beautiful fall day. All my centerpieces and flowers were focused around the vintage feel of the house. On the big day everything looked stunning! My dream wedding had come true, without any hiccups! Elizabeth and her staff were fantastic! MBP was the caterer and the food was delicious!! My family stayed the night at house because it was so beautiful and affordable. They rented out all the rooms as a family reunion and had a blast staying there! The venue in general is so affordable for downtown Indianapolis. The Propylaeum will always hold a special place in my heart for giving me the most perfect day of my life. Thank you!!!Sent on 10/12/2016
Ginny · Married on 04/09/2016
event was wonderful it seemed well attended and food was lovely thank you so much for all your help.Sent on 04/25/2016
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This is a venue we love to work at often! Elizabeth and her team are top notch!