Our Vision

Close to home...yet worlds away.


Set along Lake Michigan’s bluffs in Racine, The DeKoven Center’s 11-acre campus is a unique and versatile setting that offers nationally-recognized architectural treasures, gorgeous gardens, serene wooded areas and other distinctive spaces, ideal for everything from reflection to celebration. 

Originally built as the Racine College in the early 1850s, the center’s quadrangle of American Gothic buildings features a full-service retreat and conference center (Taylor Hall), where people of all faiths and interests come to renew mind, body and spirit.

For weddings and other gatherings, The DeKoven Center also offers two reception halls with lakefront views (Great Hall and Assembly Hall), as well as the beautifully-appointed St. John’s Chapel and picturesque outdoor locales for ceremonies. 

Visitors from across the country and around the world are drawn to DeKoven by its peaceful atmosphere and historic charm. Whether they come in search of respite, enlightenment or community, guests feel at home here, often returning year-after-year. And our staff strives to provide each one with the best experience possible.

Come, immerse yourself in all that is The DeKoven Center. Everyone is welcome.