Welcome To The Venue
Located in the heart of downtown Janesville, Wisconsin, the Venue is the premier event venue in Southern Wisconsin. After being vacant for 50 years, the building has been painstakingly restored to bring back the beauty and charm of this historic building for its use as a leading banquet and event facility. Book your special event at the Venue and enjoy the freedom of choosing any licensed and insured caterer. Beverage and alcohol service is available through the Venue. Tables, chairs and glassware are included in the pricing as well as an onsite event coordinator to assist you at your event. Listed on the National Register of Historic Places, the Venue features three unique rooms to suit your needs for events ranging from 10-350 people.
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The Venue is an extremely unique space that can accommodate groups ranging from a small seminar to a wedding reception. We have three exceptional rooms that can be rented to make the vision of your special event come to life. Our whole facility is ADA-compliant and has been beautifully restored to preserve its historic elegance.
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The Venue has three distinctive and unique rooms to perfectly accommodate a variety of functions. The Bower City Ballroom is our main space that can host large group gatherings, large seminars, wedding ceremonies and wedding receptions. The Second Empire Room is perfect for smaller gatherings such as seminars and parties as well as a special room for the bride before the ceremony. Our 1870’s Room offers a built-in-bar which makes it ideal for cocktail receptions, smaller receptions, seminars or holiday parties.
We held both our ceremony and reception at The Venue and everything was perfect! Teryn is amazing at communication and answering every question that comes up. Claudine was our day of coordinator and she was amazing! So helpful and on top of everything. The flip from ceremony to reception was seamless, I loved that we had space to get ready there day of and of course the whole venue is just stunning.
We had our wedding at The Venue during the COVID-19 pandemic. The event coordinator, Teryn, did a phenomenal job of keeping us up to date on all the latest changes and mandates. She worked with us during all the planning and made the stress of wedding planning so much lighter. We couldn’t have asked for a better venue. All of our guests were comfortable and raved about how beautiful the location was. We were able to pick up all of our decor a few days after our event to let us recover from the chaos of the day. I couldn’t imagine having our perfect day anywhere else.
My husband and I had our wedding and reception at The Venue this past June. Natalie was fantastic to work with and went out of her way to meet all of our needs. The building itself it absolutely gorgeous and we could not have asked for a better setting for our day. It was over 90 degrees the day we got married so most of our photographs ended up being inside, but the building offers so many beautiful backgrounds and settings that we were able to get amazing photographs. We would highly recommend the Venue- the historical building was a magical setting, the people were all fantastic to work with, and it is a great value.
Natalie from The Venue was absolutely wonderful at helping make sure that everything went smoothly for our reception. She was very responsive throughout the entire process. Our guests were amazed at the beauty and character of The Venue. On our wedding day, we had a few friends designated to help switch on the lights and light the candles on our centerpieces, when they arrived there was the pleasant surprise that all of it had already been done by The Venue staff. By far the best reception venue in Janesville!
“HUGE Thank You to Natalie Thies and The Venue. We couldn’t have imagined our wedding any where else, everything was so beautiful and everything we ever wanted! Natalie, thank you for literally being super woman and being on top of EVERYTHING! I seriously think I would have lost it if it wasn’t for you!”
“We can’t even begin say how magical our kids wedding was at The Venue! From our first contact with Natalie Thies, the event coordinator, through every question, phone call and all the crazy business of decorating and setting up for the wedding, she was fantastic!!! The day could not have gone any better except maybe last a little longer! Absolutely beautiful piece of architecture filled with history. Thank you for a day our families will always cherish.”
Cindy Ott & Debra Snell
“The Venue is awesome. My family held a fundraising event and the staff was terrific and the setting was perfect. Hoping it doesn’t book too fast for next year! I would recommend it to anyone looking for a unique space and a great staff to work with.”
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“The Venue is absolutely beautiful. Britten & Natalie are so helpful, nice, & respond very fast. I am so happy I booked my wedding here, words can not describe how beautiful this place is. The 1st time I saw this place I knew it was perfect. This place is so stunning & elegant, & with its history of being a church many years ago you still get that church setting without having a church wedding. I can’t wait to walk down the isle on June 11th 2016 surrounded by all my family & friends. I dreamed of a place that I would just feel so special, beautiful, & stunning being in, its a dream come true. The Venue is a very special, stunning, gorgeous, elegant place, I feel so blessed to have found it. I definitely found what I was looking for & dreaming of at The Venue, I hope you do too!”