Carnahan Hall to close its doors permanently

A popular multi-purpose venue in Lafayette is preparing to close its doors permanently.

Posted: Nov 23, 2021 4:27 PM

LAFAYETTE, Ind. (WLFI)—A popular multi-purpose venue in Lafayette is preparing to close its doors. Carnahan Hall made the announcement on Facebook Monday evening.

After being open for nearly a decade the well liked Lafayette events venue will soon close its doors for good. Carnahan Hall is owned by Seema Choudhary.

"We loved having Carnahan Hall as a neighbor," said Owner of Camera Outfitters, Rena Aiken. 

The organization is holding a sale inside the venue for two days at the end of November, according to its Facebook page. It's unconfirmed if those will be the last days people can walk through the venue, but this time it's not for an event but to shop.

Right now the venue has dozens of items for sale from appliances to electronics and furniture on its website. 

"We often did co-marketing and they would bring music groups here, they had jazz, they had proms," said Aiken. 

Aiken said for nearby businesses it was beneficial to have the events venue in the area.

"They brought a lot of foot traffic here in market square that may not have normally come here," said Aiken. 

Owner of Richelle in a Handbasket , Richelle Peterson calls the closing of Carnahan Hall saddening.

"Carnahan Hall closing, that, she's a casualty of our world today," said Peterson. "It truly, truly, truly sucks. Those types of businesses last year they were hit the hardest."

Peterson said 2020 was an obvious rough year for small businesses but she said 2021 wasn't much better.

"You know 2020 was rough, here's what I am going to say about 2021, it's the shortest longest year I've had, we've all had," said Peterson. 

"Venues were hit the hardest," said Peterson. "There wasn't another avenue for her to dive into and she tried, she tried."

News 18 did speak with owner of Carnahan Hall Seema Choudhary today. She declined to speak on the matter until she speaks further with the building's landlord.

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