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Venues in Madison, WI,
(608) 257-4342

About Us

Located in Madison, Wisconsin, Ellsworth Block is a historic wedding venue. The restored building, originally constructed in 1871, offers views of the Capitol and a blank canvas for your special day. It features an abundance of natural light, which illuminates the original exposed brick and sandstone walls for an industrial aesthetic. It hosts both conventional weddings and elopements.

Facilities and Capacity

Ellsworth Block welcomes celebrations with up to 120 guests, from engagement parties to cocktail receptions. An on-site get-ready room offers you and your party an exclusive setting to prepare for the day ahead. The Maeder Room is the primary event space, although there is also the Atrium and Skydeck. These areas are offered as ideal settings for an elegant pre-dinner drinks reception. Your loved ones can mingle while they enjoy the views of the city around them.

Services Offered

Sitting on the Capitol Square, Ellsworth Block is available for weddings on Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays. They have partnered with a local restaurant, HARVEST, for bar service and catering. This business specializes in seasonal dishes and menus. You are, however, free to work with whatever companies you wish. Linens, chairs, and tables are all supplied by the property, alongside clean-up services. A sweeping staircase provides the perfect setting for a dramatic entrance to your celebration or a classic backdrop to wedding portraits. You are free to decorate the space however you see fit, from elegant floral installations to chic cool-toned linens. Its central location also makes it ideal for finding a convenient hotel for those guests visiting from out of town.


This wedding venue is situated in downtown Madison. Dane County Regional Airport is just 15 minutes away by car, so visitors to the state have a short trip to look forward to. Various hotels are within walking distance of the venue, as well as museums and coffee shops. The venue looks onto the Wisconsin State Capitol, which offers a grand backdrop for your wedding celebrations.

Kelly Kristine

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  • We were looking for a wedding venue that could accommodate an intimate ceremony space as well as a large space for a huge party. Due to COVID, we were only able to host a ceremony at this time, but it was exactly as I pictured. Tons of natural light, an intimate setting with tons of different decor/backgrounds to choose from. We couldn't be happier with how our 'micro-wedding' turned out! Maybe next year we can host the large party we were envisioning here.

    responded with the following comments.

    Thank you so much, Kelly! It was a pleasure having you and Joe there for your intimate microwedding! Best wishes!

    Frequently Asked Questions about Venue

    Do you have a site fee for wedding receptions at your venue?


    What is the starting site fee for wedding receptions during peak season?

    $ 4,000.00

    What is the starting site fee for wedding receptions during off-peak season?

    $ 3,000.00

    Do you have a site fee for wedding ceremonies at your venue?


    What is the starting site fee for wedding ceremonies during peak season?

    $ 2,500.00

    What is the starting site fee for wedding ceremonies during off-peak season?

    $ 2,000.00

    Which of the following are included in starting site fee?

    Bridal Suite, Chairs, Clean Up, Tables

    What is the starting price per person for bar service?

    $ 25.00

    Which of the following are included in the starting price for bar service?

    Bartender(s), Champagne Toast, House Beer, House Liquor, Open Bar, Signature Drink, Specialty Beer, Specialty Wine

    What is the maximum capacity of your venue?


    What is the minimum number of guests required to book your venue?


    How many event spaces or rooms does your venue offer?


    Describe your venue

    Historic Building, Loft

    What kind of settings are available?

    Indoor, Scenic Views

    Which of the following wedding events does your venue service?

    Ceremony, Reception, Bridal Shower, Engagement Party, Elopements, Rehearsal Dinner

    What event services do you offer?

    Bar Services, Clean Up, Get Ready Rooms, Pet Friendly, Set Up, Wifi

    What bar services do you provide?

    Bartender(s), Cash Bar, House Beer, House Liquor, Liquor License, Specialty Beer, Specialty Wine

    What event items are available?

    Chairs, Furniture, Tables

    What months are included in your peak season?

    May, June, July, August, September, October

    What months are included in your off-peak season?

    January, February, March, April, November, December

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