Frequently Asked Questions

How long has Laurel Hall been hosting events?

Laurel Hall has been a part of Indiana's historical landscape for nearly 90 years. During that time, it has been a public policy think tank, a Catholic girl's school and, in the beginning, the home to one of Indiana's wealthiest families. The most recent owner of Laurel Hall and the surrounding property was the Hudson Institute, which moved its headquarters to Indianapolis in 1984. Indiana Governor Mitch Daniels was Hudson's C.E.O. at the time. Since then, Laurel Hall has hosted numerous local and national community, political and charity events,weddings, fundraisers and other special celebrations.

The Phi Kappa Psi Foundation purchased Laurel Hall in May of 2005 and is honored to continue to offer the building and grounds as a space for special events. Since the purchase, several areas have been renovated and a long-term master plan is being created which will improve upon the magnificent facility. To learn more about Laurel Hall, be sure to read the estate history.


What type of events can be hosted at Laurel Hall?

We can host almost any type of event at Laurel Hall. The estate is the ideal setting for weddings, corporate events, conferences and professional education, or holiday gatherings. Several of the estate spaces are perfect for social events, such as birthday or anniversary celebrations, bar or bat mitzvahs, engagement parties or bridal showers. For more information about reserving Laurel Hall, please review our planning your event information.


When is Laurel Hall open for me to make an appointment to discuss my event?

Tours of Laurel Hall are conducted by appointment only Monday thru Friday. We recommend you call a few days in advance to schedule an appointment time to ensure we are not hosting an event on the day you would like to tour. When you visit Laurel Hall, our event coordinator can take you on a tour and explain what areas of the estate might best meet your event needs.


How do I go about reserving Laurel Hall for my event?

A reservation requires a signed agreement and a refundable damage deposit. Please contact us if you are interested in reserving Laurel Hall for your event and we can discuss our reservation policy.


Is there a minimum number of guests required for events?

There is no minimum capacity. Laurel Hall has spaces that accommodate events of all sizes. Our breakout rooms and board rooms can comfortably host smaller board or committee meetings, our dining rooms are best for groups of 20 to 50 and our conference center and ballroom can accommodate 100 or more. Contact us and our event coordinator will prepare a personalized quote, based on your anticipated guest count and the dates and times you are considering.


When do holiday decorations go up?

Holiday decorations go up the weekend following Thanksgiving and stay until mid-January. Decorations include a magnificent holiday tree, outdoor lit wreath to welcome your guests, artificial evergreens, holiday bows and other festive elements throughout the event space.


Are there any restrictions regarding decorating Laurel Hall?

There are no areas of the event space that cannot be decorated. However, we have guidelines for how decorations are hung or attached. Individual items must be approved for use by our event coordinator.


What's the best time of year to have a wedding and/or reception at Laurel Hall?

Any time is a wonderful time at Laurel Hall. With over six acres of wooded and landscaped grounds, the fall foliage is truly spectacular. In the winter, couples can celebrate the holidays in style. Evergreen boughs, wreaths and holiday trees add a festive feel to Laurel Hall and the surrounding grounds. Flowering trees and perennials signal the start of the spring season. In spring and summer months, the blooming gardens and seasonal flowers accent the grounds. The estate's grand staircase and lobby are enhanced by beautiful stained glass windows on any sunny day and the window-walled Solarium always has a warm glow.


Where are the ceremony locations?

Laurel Hall has a number of beautiful locations for special ceremonies. The estate features several outdoor sites. The north lawn provides an open area looking down on Fall Creek. Our expansive patio has been used for dining and for wedding ceremonies. Indoor ceremonies can be held in our lobby, conference center or third floor chapel. A number of the rooms feature hand carved fireplaces, large leaded glass windows, decorative plaster ceilings and hardwood floors.


Who does your catering?

Laurel Hall has a list of caterers approved to work events in the building. Caterers selected are knowledgeable of the building and our policies, careful in their use of the building, provide consistent, quality service and are licensed and insured to provide their services. Caterers also are chosen based upon their ability to provide all services needed, such as valet parking, tables, chairs, dinnerware, glassware and serving equipment, music, licensed alcohol service, etc.