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The History Center


Built in 1893, the former city hall of Fort Wayne is a beautiful example of Richardsonian Romanesque architecture. As a museum and a historic building, the History Center has a unique character of its own for you and your guests to explore.

Facilities for your own “historic occasion.”

The History Center has three rooms available to rent for special events including weddings, wedding receptions, business dinners, fund-raisers, class reunions, retirement and anniversary parties, and cocktail receptions.

The centerpiece of the museum, the Shields Room, is the former Old City Council Chambers and Courtroom. An extensive 2009 architectural renovation has restored its early 20th century Victorian beauty. Oak paneling, rich colors and 24kt gold-leaf stencils highlight the ornate 22-foot tin ceiling and expansive city views. Your guests may ascend the impressive Grand Staircase to the second floor entrance or use the convenient elevator.

The Shields Room has a banquet seating capacity of 160 guests and 200 guests for stand-up receptions or lectures.

Two smaller rooms, the Board Room and Orientation Room, can accommodate 30-50 people, respectively.

To make an appointment to tour the facility and discover how the History Center can make your event a one-of-a-kind experience, please contact Danielle Morrison, Programs Coordinator, at 260.426.2882 x308, or email:


Meeting Facilities

Facility Info
Meeting Rooms
  • Reception Capacity 200
  • Banquet Capacity 160
Shields Room
  • Banquet Capacity: 160
  • Reception Capacity: 200
Board Room
  • Banquet Capacity: 40
Orientation Room
  • Banquet Capacity: 40