Old Brick Frequently Asked Questions

Historic Old Brick Venue

Old Brick is a historic building in the heart of downtown Iowa City. An ideal location to experience all that the city has to offer, including hotels, restaurants and shops.

Main Hall Rental

Our Main Hall is one big open ballroom. The main hall is used for both the ceremony and reception space. Its original character offers a unique space for any style of wedding.

All The Amenities For Your Big Day

Old Brick has a lower level that many couples use for their wedding party to get ready in or use as a staging area for supplies, etc. There are also additional bathrooms on the lower level. In addition, there is a new outdoor 2,000 square foot patio. The patio is an ideal space for cocktail hour in between your ceremony and reception.

Friday & Saturday Wedding Special

We have a wedding special for renting both Friday and Saturday. Many couples like to rent Friday so they can set up all day Friday and have their rehearsal dinner here too. Please see the wedding event page for options.

Basic Information

A deposit of $500 is required to hold your date. The deposit is non-refundable if you cancel for any reason. It is refundable after your event. 

If you cancel your event for any reason, your deposit will not be refunded.

No. We do not have catering on site. You are allowed to use whatever outside catering you choose. 

Yes. Beer and wine only. We have a limit of 2 kegs. All events serving alcohol must have event insurance with liquor liability. 

Yes. We have a private parking lot with 23 spaces. There are also several public parking ramps nearby as well as on-street parking. 

Old Brick is equipped with an inclined platform lift for individuals needing ADA compliant barrier-free accessibility. The lift has a strict 550-pound limit which includes the person and their scooter or wheelchair. The lift is for individuals with mobility and ADA needs only. Old Brick does not have an elevator. There is one handicap accessible parking spot in the Old Brick parking lot and there is an ADA compliant restroom in Old Brick.

Ceremony & Reception Space

Our Main Hall is 3,000 square feet.

Our max capacity is 300 seated in rows. We can accommodate 250 seated at tables.

Yes. They are included in your rental package.

No. We do not provide linens or table settings. 

We have a small area in the front of the ballroom for a bar. In addition, we have a 2,000 square foot outdoor patio. 

Yes. We have a 2,000 square foot outdoor patio.


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Old Brick's mission is to enrich the community as a historic landmark, to serve the community as a gathering place, and to support the community as a home for Episcopal and benevolent non-profit groups.


Julie Thomas, Executive Director


26 E. Market Street
Iowa City, Iowa 52245