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New Victorian Village wedding venue eyeing 2021 opening in historic church

New Victorian Village wedding venue eyeing 2021 opening in historic church

Jack McLaughlin

It’s no secret that COVID-19 has practically decimated the wedding industry.

Despite the setbacks, an exciting new wedding venue is coming to Victorian Village next year.

The Sanctuary on Neil–a 18,000 square foot former Orthodox Church located at 618 Neil Ave.–is gearing up to become one of the city’s premiere wedding and event spaces.

The church, which was officially taken over by the company on Nov. 17, is considered by many as a historic Victorian VIllage landmark. Designed in 1890 by architect J.W. Yost, the building saw an addition in 1914. And it’s primed to see another one soon.

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According to the Sanctuary on Neil, the Victorian Village Commission and Columbus City Council unanimously approved a multi-million dollar renovation to the building. 

“We are over-the-moon about beginning this journey in this incredible space. We are looking forward to restoring this 19th-century church to its former glory. More so, we were thrilled to hear the Victorian Village commissioners’ feedback and excitement about welcoming our new business to the neighborhood. We know The Sanctuary on Neil will add even more ambiance and vibrancy into this historic district of Columbus. We can’t wait to get started!” said a press release from the business.

The sanctuary is just one block walk from Goodale Park, and in walking distance of the Short North, both desirable areas for wedding photos and events.

And even if COVID-19 still has local weddings on lockdown when Sanctuary on Neil opens next year, the company has plans to offer the historic Victorian Village site as affordable office space as well. With 18,000 square feet, they envision the location becoming a safe and quiet space for individuals and small businesses to work while observing social distancing guidelines.

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