101 E. Court Sq, Decatur, GA
The DeKalb History Center is a historic courthouse wedding venue located in Decatur, GA. At only a 20-minute drive from downtown Atlanta, the venue is close to all the city’s amenities, including accommodation and major transportation hubs. The museum is one of Decatur’s most popular tourist attractions and can be rented for ceremonies, receptions, engagement parties, and other celebrations. The first DeKalb County Courthouse was built on the site in 1823. A modest structure made of timber, it was replaced only six years later. When the new wooden building caught fire, the county erected the first brick courthouse. Influenced by Greek Revival architecture, the red-brick courthouse lasted from 1847 to 1898. The building that stands today dates back to the same year, although a fire in 1916 destroyed the interior of the courthouse. Once again rebuilt, both the interior and exterior of the building reflect turn-of-the-century architectural trends. The county used the courthouse until 1967, at which point it was turned over to the DeKalb Historical Society. It was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1971. Step back in time with a wedding held at the DeKalb History Center. Its beautiful arches and marble walls provide a gorgeous backdrop for a ceremony or photoshoot. The rounded, arched windows add another touch of antiquated elegance. The Courtroom is the venue’s largest event space, where every detail down to the crown molding has been intricately crafted. A baby grand piano sits in an alcove where guests are welcome to play it. The Courtroom measures 2,600 square feet and can accommodate 150 guests for a seated reception. Other rooms for wedding festivities include the Harrison Room, which lets in ample natural light, and the Lobby. Weekend wedding rentals include the use of all three spaces, as well as two get-ready rooms. The venue has round, rectangular, and highboy tables, as well as chairs onsite for convenience. In order to foster an enjoyable atmosphere for all, the historical society requires that a police officer monitor the event whenever alcohol is served. They do provide a list of preferred vendors they have experience with in order to aid in the seamless execution of every wedding held here.