Book Your Wedding with The Venue


About Us

Located in the heart of historic downtown Janesville, Wisconsin, The Venue covers the entire corner of Main Street. Standing four-stories high with towering windows and spectacular balconies, The Venue was completely remodeled in 2015. The historic building dates back to 1870 when it was originally a Methodist church. The Venue offers three indoor spaces for wedding ceremonies and receptions.

Bower City Ballroom. This space has everything it takes to make those first-look photos unforgettable. A huge vaulted ceiling with a spectacular indoor balcony, crowned with exposed mahogany beams, adds amazing architectural details to the Main Ballroom. Giant, arched windows allow plenty of light to grace the gorgeous carpeted aisle, while the raised altar gives each ceremony a brilliant stage. Lined with chairs or set with round tables, the Main Ballroom makes the ideal space for indoor ceremonies and receptions of up to 200 guests.

The Second Empire Room. Located on the second floor, across from the Bower City Ballroom, it makes the perfect multipurpose room. With wonderful natural light coming from giant windows overlooking downtown Janesville, it’s a photographer’s dream. It is the perfect location for your bridal suite, kid’s area, or secondary bar location. With room for 40 guests, it’s also an ideal spot for a baby or bridal shower or smaller, more intimate events.

The Balcony. This area is lined with mahogany railings and allows access to The 1870’s Room on the upper floor of the building. The Balcony provides additional seating for ceremonies and reception, and guests will enjoy the unique view of the Ballroom.

The 1870’s Room. Located on the third floor, this area has glossy hardwood floors and chandeliers that make it elegant enough for both smaller ceremonies and receptions. A unique, built-in bar is located here, offering an ideal location for your cocktail hour, reception or smaller events. The 1870’s Room has seating for upwards of 80 guests and giant windows with a view of downtown Janesville. Historic architectural features in this room include a gorgeous tin ceiling and elegant, draped windows.


What You Should Know

The Venue is a historic venue in Janesville with a huge space that makes celebrating a wedding simple. Decorated with heavy velvet curtains and plenty of mahogany accents, The Venue's simple lines make it an ideal space for adding custom decorations. A pretty bridal suite gives couples space to get ready for their day, while the extensive vendor's list makes it simple to choose catering staff, decorators, florists and other event services.

The Venue does not offer onsite catering or kitchen services. The entrance hall is large and offers a warm and welcoming space for greeting guests.


Extra Perks

    • On-site wedding coordinator
    • Located close to food and nightlife in the center of downtown Janesville
    • Liability insurance included
    • Handicap accessible
    • Wireless Internet

From the Vendor

Where Historic Events Happen

The Venue, which opened in the summer of 2015 after a meticulous renovation, is the perfect spot for your upcoming wedding. This charming Second Empire style building was originally built in 1870 and is located in the heart of historic downtown Janesville. Careful attention has been given to restore the elaborate woodwork in the space and the result is a unique and intimate setting for wedding ceremonies, wedding receptions, bridal showers, engagement parties, rehearsal dinners, corporate and special events. This captivating space features balcony seating, original stained glass, hardwood floors and built in bar area. Space rental includes tables, chairs, and bartenders. It features three unique rooms to suit your needs for events ranging from 10-350 people as well as outdoor balconies.

Amenities + Details

  • Bridal Suite

  • Handicap Accessible

  • Liability Insurance

  • Reception Area

  • Wireless Internet

For more details about amenities, please message the Venue.

Price Range

$$$ – Moderate

Ceremony Types

Civil Union, Commitment Ceremony, Elopement, Interfaith Ceremony, Non-Religious Ceremony, Religious Ceremony, Same Sex Ceremony, Second Wedding , Vow Renewal Ceremony

Venue Capacity



Ballroom, Historic Venue

Wedding Categories

Bar + Drinks, Planning


Contact Info

37 S. Water Street, Janesville, WI (608) 373-9727

Reviewed on 11/15/2016 Britten L

The Venue is a stunning location for a wedding. When I saw the space for the first time, I knew I had to have my wedding there. Where else can you get married in a place that looks like a church without it actually being a church? The renovations made the space so... Read More accommodating with the brand new elevator and beautiful bathrooms. Our guests really loved the outdoor balconies as well for an opportunity for some fresh air.

Reviewed on 11/09/2017 Marie F

The BEST place in Janesville to hold a wedding reception! My husband and I were so pleased with the level of professionalism of the staff as well as how helpful they were with the planning of the reception night. The architecture of the building is unique, and what sealed the... Read More deal for us was that the main ballroom was two floors (the second floor being open to the floor below). Our guests were blown away with how beautiful the building looked. If you want a reception venue that isn't the boring old run of the mill convention center room, The Venue is the place to choose!

Reviewed on 6/28/2017 Darien S

AMAZING. Everything was perfect and Natalie is the best to work with.

Reviewed on 1/25/2017 Raley H

Such a beautiful, historical venue

Meet The Coordinator

Natalie Thies

With her many years of experience in customer service, planning and coordinating events and weddings, eye (or obsession) for detail, and her take-charge personality, Natalie will take the stress out of your special day.