Multipurpose event venue Carnahan Hall opens downtown

Carnahan Hall

LAFAYETTE, Ind. (WLFI) – A new multipurpose event center has opened up in downtown Lafayette.

Carnahan Hall celebrated its grand opening Friday afternoon at the corner of Eighth and Main streets. The space formerly housed Red Poppy studios.

The venue aims to be a community space for both public and private events like concerts, theatrical productions and weddings.

There’s also a 25 percent discount to the center’s three rooms for local non-profits. The founders say they’re looking forward to the results of their labor.

“Fantastic resources are available to anybody in downtown who wants to do something. It can be difficult with the nature of these old buildings. But we made it through, so I’m excited [and] I’m ready to have a good time,” said co-owner John Warner.

Warner adds that he hopes to eventually expand and renovate a large ballroom located above the facility. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language, off topic, or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others and keep the conversation on topic and civil. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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