Your Event, Our Venue
Nestled in The Old Northside historic neighborhood, only a five-minute drive from Downtown Indianapolis, The Propylaeum is a vital part of the city's future as well as a cornerstone of its history. Our expansive grounds, that include an 1890 Victorian House and Carriage House, are listed on the National Register of Historic Landmarks.
The beautifully maintained facilities have hosted hundreds of special events since 1924, ranging from fundraisers, classes, corporate dinners, weddings, educational seminars, and everything in-between. Our expansive amenities offer guests the comfort of being able to plan a full-scale event with few other vendors, while our flexibility allows for partnering with a whole team of experts to make your event perfect.
Frequently Asked Questions
Do you have a required caterer for private events?
Yes, we require that all private events use either Jacquie's Gourmet Catering or Catering by Jonathan Byrd's. Both of these caterers work directly with couples on menu options and pricing. The Propylaeum allows beer, wine, and liquor, and we can accommodate plated meals, buffet-style, cocktail receptions, and family style options. The Propylaeum handles all alcoholic beverage packages, including the staffing of bartenders, and we have options for beer, wine, and liquor bars. While our preferred caterers are the required caterer for all food and beverage needs, dessert can be provided by a 3rd party vendor.
Where can my guests park?
We have an on-site parking lot available to guests, as well as free street parking along Delaware and 14th streets.
What is the accessibility of the facilities?
The Propylaeum is handicap accessible on the first floor via a ramp on the south side of the mansion. The 2nd and 3rd floors are only accessible by stairs. The carriage house first floor has two small steps up into the building, and the 2nd floor balcony area is only accessible by stairs.
What is the venue capacity?
The Propylaeum can accommodate up to 150 guests in the mansion for a seated meal, and up to 60 guests in the carriage house for a seated meal. For theatre-style seating, the carriage house can accommodate up to 150 guests and the Clubroom of the mansion can seat up to 120 guests. The lawn can hold up to 600 people for a cocktail style reception.
What people are saying about the Propylaeum
Showered in Compliments
I hosted a baby shower here for my sister and it was perfect. The building alone is incredible. The historical aspect gave my guests something extra to explore in addition to the expected games and small talk. The staff are very friendly and professional. They worked with me, at my convenience, to make sure I was getting what I wanted. When comparing similar venues, I think the Prop is the best deal for the price. I got so many compliments on the venue, I think it would be great for other events too.
EXCELLENT Venue! We had our book signing at the Propylaeum. The staff was incredibly accommodating, the place is gorgeous. The flow to allow people to move around was perfect. There were 11 authors there and enough room for all of us. Bonus, there were enough bathrooms!
I hosted a 50th birthday party event here and it was an amazing experience. All the details associated with throwing a huge party were made easier to manage by the knowledgeable and helpful staff. They provided blueprints to plan out layouts and were onsite during the entire event for those on-the-spot decisions that every party experiences. We have guests from out of town stay at the venue, too, and that was a great decision. All-in-all, I am so happy we chose the Propylaeum for the event and would do so again in a heartbeat. It made a once-in-a-lifetime event quite special.
Full of History and Beauty
The Indianapolis Propylaeum is an economic and highly accommodating venue in Indianapolis that is full of history and beauty. I coordinated with the wonderful staff to help host a community plan launch for the nonprofit at which I worked. We were taken care of from start to finish (also, make sure to check out The Food Guys for awesome catering options)! A HUGE thank you to LaurieAnne and Liz for being rock stars and keeping the mission of The Propylaeum alive. I look forward to my next event here!