The Sanctuary on Neil

Located in the charming, historic neighborhood of Victorian Village, just one block from Goodale Park, The Sanctuary on Neil offers one of the city’s most storied and unique locations for wedding receptions and any corporate or social event.

The Sanctuary on Neil accommodates up to 120 guests for plated, sit-down events, with additional capacity for cocktail receptions and other larger-scale gatherings.  A great benefit to The Sanctuary on Neil is its proximity to Downtown Columbus’ best neighborhoods and districts.  The Short North Arts District is within walking distance from The Sanctuary on Neil, giving out-of-town guests the perfect opportunity to experience the best of Columbus dining, shopping and nightlife.

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Amenities: Reservation of The Sanctuary on Neil includes a 6-hour time block with 2 hours of set up with 1 hour of breakdown at the end of your event.  The rental also includes round dining tables, floor length table linens and chairs for up to 120 guests.  An additional space on the lower level is also available for rental should you need more space for your special event.

Private Suite: There is a dedicated bridal and groom’s suite that could also be used as a green room for a VIP to relax and prepare for the event. Each room is equipped with lights, full-length mirrors, garment racks and soft seating.

Full Coordination: We offer full event coordination, a step-by-step partnership from the early planning stages all the way through day of logistics timeline coordination. Our event planners bring decades of experience to the table and by partnering with us, you will have the most trusted team in Central Ohio at your disposal.

Parking: Self-parking is available on the street or at nearby parking garages. There is also plenty of free parking around Goodale Park, just one block from our venue.

Rates: From stunning, intimate events to extravagant affairs, our experienced team will work with you to create an outstanding event customized to your budget and style.

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618 Neil Avenue | Columbus, Ohio 43215

A Rich History

In 1872, Neil Chapel moved his congregation from Thurber Village to the corner of Neil Avenue and Goodale Street; the future home of the Neil Avenue United Methodist Episcopal Church. The church was built in two parts spanning 25 years. The northern half of the building, including the grand rotunda, was designed by architect J.W. Yost and completed in 1890. A large addition, designed by architects Stribling & Lum, was added to the south side of the church in 1914. This southern addition included living quarters for clergy and nuns. The church remained in operation for many decades and was even partially ravaged by a fire in 1984 which damaged the altar and the 116-year-old pipe organ.

In 1996, the Ethiopian Orthodox Tewahedo Church purchased the building to house their congregation. The EOTC also provided social resources including services to refugees. When the building found new ownership in 2020, restoration to its prior grandeur and paying homage to the building’s rich history and importance in the neighborhood was paramount, hence its new name, The Sanctuary. With the operation of The Sanctuary on Neil under Columbus’ most reputable hospitality team, Cameron Mitchell Premier Events has continued the legacy of such a storied and historical venue.

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