Evanston History Center at The Charles Gates Dawes House




The Evanston History Center's Dawes House is a handsome site for your wedding celebration. This historic house is brimming with old elegance. Vintage furnishings fill every room, while rich dark woods, velvet fabric, and floral wallpaper adorn the rooms with enchanting textures. You and your guests will feel like royalty as you enjoy an enchanted wedding evening on campus. The Dawes House quickly becomes a romantic site with the addition of candles, floral arrangements, and simple wedding items. Cocktails, music, and an inviting house will have your guests feeling relaxed and ready for an evening of elegance. Enjoy the simple pleasures of conversation and dancing from room to room. There is much to explore at the Dawes house, guests will be thrilled to mill from one stylish room to the next. Celebrate with all your loved ones at a venue packed with personality, old romance, and years of experience.

Venue Style

Historic/Landmark Building, Outdoor


Indoor/Outdoor Ceremony, Indoor/Outdoor Reception


Max Indoor Ceremony: 100 guests
Max Outdoor Ceremony: 200 guests
Max Indoor Reception: 200 guests
Max Outdoor Reception: 150 guests

Time Restrictions

Set up time can start 2 hours prior to event start time. Events must end by 11:00PM.

Rental Fees

The rental fee ranges from $1,350 to $1,500 for a ceremony and reception and includes 6 hours of event time excluding set up and clean up time. The fee for a ceremony only wedding is $825. Additional hours can be arranged for a fee of $175/hr.

Wedding Cost

The average wedding cost at Evanston History Center at The Charles Gates Dawes House is estimated at between $6,711 and $14,465 for a ceremony & reception for 100 guests.





Amenities Included

Bride's dressing area
Kitchen for prep only
Public parking
Dance area

Special Restrictions

Venue must approve all decorations
General liability insurance required
Wheelchair access limited
No rice, birdseed, confetti, etc.
Approved outside caterer allowed
Amplified music OK indoors and outdoors
Smoking outside only
Alcohol must be served by licensed bartender/caterer
Music must end by 11:00PM