Located just across North Pennsylvania Street from the scenic American Legion Mall, The Sanctuary on Penn is a premier, full-service wedding venue in downtown Indianapolis. Built in 1875, the historic church building features a beautifully maintained brickwork exterior with ornate white detailing and up to stylishly appointed and gorgeously decorated interior spaces from which to choose. Areas inside The Sanctuary on Penn that are available for private functions ranging from the Main Hall, which has a huge domed ceiling, vibrant stained-glass windows, and a staging area and DJ booth for dinner and dancing receptions to the tranquil Courtyard, where intimate ceremonies can be held. The venue offers an array of exceptional services such as a bridal suite and groom's room, catering and beverage services with a specially created signature drink for the bride and groom, carriage transportation, and a custom-made wedding cake.

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Amenities & Facilities

The Sanctuary on Penn boasts five beautiful venues and sites within and around the church that can be used for all types of functions and events from ceremonies to receptions.

The Main Hall features an ornate, subtly domed ceiling and rustic plaster walls, exquisite stained-glass windows that flood the interior with dappled colored light, rich hardwood flooring and detailed panels, and exudes an elegantly austere ambiance. The Main Hall also features a staging area and DJ booth and can comfortably accommodate up to 400 guests for a cocktail reception, 300 for a seated dinner or 350 for a ceremony.

The Cocktail Plaza has a high vaulted ceiling, expansive arched windows, and dark hardwood flooring, along with a small raised stage, a wooden piano, and a full bar, and can host up to 200 guests for a cocktail reception, 75 for dinner or 120 for a ceremony.

The Mezzanine is a stunning balcony area overlooking the Cocktail Plaza that offers a serene space for 40 reception guests, 24 dinner guests or 30 ceremony guests, while the Den is ideal for informal receptions and luncheons with a billiard table and a small full service bar.

Outside, the tranquil Courtyard has an ivy-covered trellis arch, which is perfect for ceremonies of up to 150 seated guests with an additional area for 25 on a raised deck.


The Sanctuary on Penn offers a wealth of services and amenities with the rental of the venue or one of the rooms, including catering and beverage services (which is imposed for weekend rentals, a specially created signature drinks for the bride and groom, a beautifully appointed bridal suite and groom's room for getting ready, and romantic carriage transportation. Also offered at no extra cost are tables, chairs, linens, Chinaware, centerpieces, vases for flowers, rehearsal space, access to a bridal library, passed hors-d'oeuvres and drinks service, an online RSVP link, and a morning video game tournament for the guys.

There are no time limits on the usage of the venue, hairstyling and makeup services, as well as a masseuse, are offered, as well as in-house entertainment, photography, videography, and other services, a custom-made wedding cake, and personalized invitations and other cards and stationery. Set-up and clean-up of the venue are included with the rental fee, as is an event planning and management team to take care of the details before, during and after the event, lighting and sound equipment, and complimentary parking for guests at the venue.

General Information

The Sanctuary on Penn is located at 701 N Pennsylvania Street in downtown Indianapolis, is wheelchair accessible and offers complimentary parking for guests at the venue.

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701 N Pennsylvania St, Indianapolis, IN 46204, Phone: 317-602-3264