Since 1986, Indiana Humanities has operated out of the Nicholson House at 1500 N. Delaware St. in Indianapolis’s Old Northside neighborhood. Local architect Herbert Foltz designed the house for prominent Indiana author Meredith Nicholson and his wife Eugenie, and in late 1903 the Nicholson family moved in. Nicholson wrote his best-selling book The House of a Thousand Candles in the third-floor study, and today the house has taken on the book’s title as a moniker. In 2018, a major renovation to the house updated the interior and exterior of the building to better accommodate events.

The Nicholson House’s central event space is located on the first floor. The Virginia Beall Ball Library, coworking room and outdoor porch and patio combine to create a flexible space that can accommodate a large cocktail party, staff retreat or an intimate coffee gathering. Supplied with a variety of tables, linens, a projector, a sound system and other items, the Indiana Humanities team can arrange the space to accommodate your needs. Inquire about renting the Nicholson House for your event!


What is the capacity of Indiana Humanities? 

Depending upon your set-up needs, the first floor can accommodate up to 75 guests and more than 100 with use of the outdoor space.

Is Indiana Humanities wheelchair accessible? 

The first floor is accessible by ramp. The second-floor conference room is not accessible.  

Does Indiana Humanities have required vendors? 

Indiana Humanities does not have a list of required vendors, allowing you to use your favorite caterers and others. If you need assistance with finding vendors, we’re happy to give you suggestions.  

May I serve alcohol at Indiana Humanities? 

Alcohol is permitted in the building. Renters are responsible for following Indiana’s laws regarding serving alcohol. Indiana Humanities is a non-smoking building. 

Are decorations permitted? 

Sparklers or other pyrotechnic displays, fog and smoke machines and anything that may be detrimental to the integrity of the building are not permitted. Other decorations must be approved by Indiana Humanities. Use of adhesive flip charts are permitted on the walls only; please do not adhere anything to artwork. 

Can the art be removed from the walls? 

Any request to move Indiana Humanities’ collection of art must be negotiated with the staff. Additional costs may be incurred to accommodate requests to move art or other décor. 

Is parking available? 

There is plentiful free street parking around the Nicholson House. Our six private parking spaces can be used outside our normal office hours.

Want to know more about the Nicholson House’s history?

Learn more about the former home of Indiana author Meredith Nicholson and his wife Eugenie at 1500 N. Delaware St. in Indianapolis’s Old Northside neighborhood here.