Downtown Phoenix is a great place to celebrate any occasion, and Riette Pretorius Bartlett, owner and senior events coordinator for Downtown Phoenix Venues, knows this perhaps better than anyone.

Since 2010, she and her team have helped their clients host memorable events, including weddings and corporate parties in some of downtown’s most memorable spaces. From restored warehouses to art galleries, these venues features unique historical and architectural elements that automatically infuse a sense of culture and style into any event.

Bentley Projects

As Pretorius Bartlett points out, “none of these spaces were built to be wedding or event venues, making them different and unique. They all have a separate purpose. One was a laundry, a literal ice house, a mart, they just happen to have the right amount of open space for private events . . . these building are all around 100 years old. It is such a treat for visitors and Phoenicians to see true history, and to host an event within a space like that.”

In managing these spaces, the team at Downtown Phoenix Venues aim to go above and beyond to make their clients’ dreams a reality – from helping them stay organized, to vendor recommendations, to helping to keep their timeline on course. “We really want our clients to walk away thrilled,” says Pretorius Bartlett.

Within the Downtown Phoenix core, you’ll find a wide variety of locations that will make any event a special one. As Pretorius Bartlett notes, “these spaces are a destination on their own, well worth the trip to see a bit of Arizona history.”

Below is the list of spaces that Downtown Phoenix Venues has to offer, along with a sampling of other unique special event locations within the downtown Phoenix area.


Contact: 602-416-1261 or


The Icehouse; Photo: Classic Digital Photography

Venue: The Icehouse

Location: 5th Avenue & Jackson

Capacity: 299

Vibe: “One word: raw. This historic space is absolutely unique and the years have left it close to its original look. The roofless cathedral room is like no other space in the valley, truly extraordinary.”


Venue: Bentley Projects

Bentley Projects; Photo: Harley Bonham

Location: 3rd St. & Grant

Capacity: 650

Vibe: “Raw, but polished, with the white walls, exposed red bricks, wooden bow truss ceilings and world class art on the walls. This space is the perfect balance between raw and polished to please both the young and old.”


Venue: Phoenix Merchandise Mart

Location: 1st St. & Jackson

Capacity: 300

Vibe: Former location of Phoenix Merchandise Mart in 1946: “Like being in a downtown Brooklyn building.”


Venue: Red Bricks on 7th Street

Location: 1st St. & Jackson

Capacity: 300

Vibe: “This intimate brick building has more of a woman’s touch with it hosting an in-house florist. They have beautiful exposed bricks with repurposed pallets, giving it a more delicate touch.”


Venue: Legend City

Location: 7th Ave. & Van Buren

Capacity: 150

Vibe: “Owned by 4 creative men (3 photographers and 1 painting artist,) this space has the clean white walls of Bentley and also the exposed brick. This intimate space is perfect for smaller events.”



Venue: The Duce

Location: Warehouse district – 525 S Central Ave. Corner of Lincoln & Central

Capacity: 750-1000

Vibe: Restored 1928 warehouse featuring vintage soda fountain, bar, and airstream trailer. The feel: “authentic, vintage, retro, comfy and cool.”

Contact: Steve Rosenstein, Co-Owner. 480 650 9160 or


Venue: Children’s Museum of Phoenix

Location: Downtown Phoenix – 7th Street & Van Buren.

Capacity: Up to 1,250 guests

Vibe: “A special events venue with historic elegance and contemporary cool. It’s not just for the children; it’s for the child in all of us.”

Contact: Alex Wurth, Special Events Manager. 602.648.2747 or


Venue: Arizona Science Center

Location: 600 E Washington St. – 7th Street & Washington

Capacity: 75-350

Vibe: “Arizona Science Center is the perfect, modern science-y backdrop to your special day. Immerse and interact with loved ones in a futuristic setting unique to you!”

Contact: Emily Gagnon, Sales & Events Manager. 602-716-2021 or


Venue: Phoenix Art Museum

Location: 1625 N. Central Ave. – Central & McDowell

Capacity: For receptions: up to 250 with dancing;  For ceremonies: up to 150

Vibe: “The space is architecturally special. Cummings Great Hall has 27ft ceilings with large-scale contemporary art and a dramatic lobby for arrivals. The Dorrance Sculpture Garden is an enclosed urban oasis for ceremonies. Photo-ops abound. Year-round climate control of 72 degrees.”

Contact: Events Department. (602)307-2019 or


Venue: monOrchid

Location: Roosevelt Row – between 2nd & 3rd street

Capacity: 250+, depending on season. 150 for seated reception.

Vibe: “The monOrchid is well-known in the Downtown Phoenix Arts District as a modern industrial chic gallery which offers its visitors a one of a kind urban experience. With masonry walls and soaring natural wood bow trusses, the historic remodeled warehouse is a truly unique place which can accommodate any event ranging from large receptions with musical performances, to intimate sit-down dinners, weddings, receptions, business meetings, photo & film shoots, fashion shows, and fundraisers.”

Contact: Ashton Brown. 602.253.0339 or