Venue Spotlight: Kemper Center


Emily & Joe – Kemper Center Beach Front Wedding

Kenosha’s Kemper Center is a nonprofit organization on the National Register of Historic Places. Located on Lake Michigan, the Center is home to the Durkee Mansion and the Anderson Arts Center. Its Gothic Revival styled Chapel was built in 1875, and several other buildings on the site were added between 1900 and 1920.

The most popular ceremony space at Kemper Center is the Chapel, but outdoor ceremony spaces are offered as well. The Chapel conveniently adjoins dressing rooms for both bride and groom.

The five reception spaces include the larger Simmons Auditorium and Founder’s Hall, along with the smaller Study Hall, Chemistry Lab, and Library: Kemper Center’s legacy as an Episcopal girls’ school shows through in the names and sometimes the furnishings of these spaces.

Consider the Kemper Center if:
– You’re planning a smallish wedding. The Chapel accommodates at most 180 guests, and the largest reception space accommodates 220.
– Your interests include art, architecture, or history. The Kemper Center is beautiful and holds special attraction for those interested in late 19th Century and early 20th Century architecture.
– You want to showcase musical talents. The Chapel includes access to a piano and organ, and the acoustics are excellent.
– You’re working with a smaller budget. Though official prices are not available online, reviews cite very reasonable space rental expenses for both ceremony and reception spaces.

Fun Fact:
Like many places built in the 1800s, Kemper Center is rumored to be haunted. The story goes that a nun committed suicide there and continues to haunt the site.