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Gates of Heaven

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Please Note: We are continually improving our park system. Some of these improvements may impact a nearby shelter. Prior to making a reservation, please visit Parks Projects for more information on specific parks.

Amenity Details
Address: 302 E. Gorham St
Park: James Madison Park
Capacity: Seats 98 people
Restrooms: In shelter
Water:Available in shelter
Kitchenette: No
Parking: Parking lot
Seating Included: Yes - Folding chairs are located in the back of the room and in the basement
P.A. (Amplified Sound) Permit Allowed: Yes - End by 9 p.m.
Alcohol Charge: Yes - This is an alcohol-free park, alcohol permit is required.

Shelter Details

Available year-round, you may check availability online, however, Gates of Heaven may be reserved only by calling (608) 266-4711.

History: Built in 1863, Gates of Heaven is the fourth oldest surviving synagogue building in the nation. The building was moved to James Madison Park in 1971. It is a popular location for intimate wedding ceremonies and the small upstairs seating area provides a wonderful birds-eye view for guests. The Victorian-era Period Gardens, located a block away on the corner of Pinckney Street and Gorham Street, is a beautiful location for photos.

Restrooms: While this historic building has two restrooms, they are located in the basement and are not ADA accessible. The City of Madison will provide at no additional cost a portable accessible restroom for any reservation that makes such a request ten days in advance of the date of the event. The building and restrooms are open only with a reservation.

Parking & Electricity: There is lighting and electrical outlets throughout the building. There is also central air and heat. Parking is limited to 24 spaces. Alcohol is not allowed at this facility, except in the context of a religious ceremony. Food or beverages other than water are not allowed at this facility.

Prohibited: To maintain the beauty of the building, no nails, staples, or other fasteners that will harm the walls or floors may be used in this or any park shelter. The Madison Parks Division recommends using free-standing decorations.   gates of heaven

2024 FEES

Weekday Full Day $220.00
Weekday Half Day $155.00
Fri-Sun (3 Hours) $400.00
Fri-Sun (extra hour) $135.00
Alcohol Permit $55.00

All prices include tax.
Holidays are weekend rate. 

No firearms or weapons are permitted on this property. Violators are considered trespassers and subject to forfeiture or arrest.