Red Brick Hall to host a Wedding & Event Open House this Sunday

RED BRICK HALL - Photo courtesy of StudioOne CreativeRED BRICK HALL BAR AREA	- Photo courtesy of StudioOne CreativeRED BRICK HALL EVENT STAGING - Photo courtesy of StudioOne Creative

    LAWTON - A new event center is set to open in the historic Old Town Hall in Lawton.
    Red Brick Hall will host a Wedding & Event Open House on Sunday, April 14, from 3 to 6 p.m. at 301 N. Main St. Owners Jessica and Jeff Michael are excited to share this historic space with the community. They will be offering tours of the space, including the bar and lounge areas, renovated restrooms, the stage for a head table, and loft.
    The Michaels,  owners of the Copper Grille in Paw Paw for over 10 years, said they have always wanted to own a venue where they could feature their own catering services.
    The historic hall has gone through a total transformation, opening up the space, taking advantage of the natural light, and preserving the character and historic features of the building.
    Lawton historian Rodney Reid, curator of the Lawton Museum, said the building was originally constructed with funds from Antwerp Township to serve as the township hall. It also housed the Village of Lawton government.
    According to the history of the building compiled by Reid, Antwerp Township sought bids to construct the building with a budget of $3,000.
    In 1890, three men donated four lots to the township for the building site. A low bid of $1,850 was accepted by the Antwerp Township Board from H. H. Hoyt and Charles Smith. The price even included the painting of the building.
    A total of 160,00 bricks  from Lambert and Millunau, of Marcellus, were used for the building at a cost of $704.
    In early December of  1891, the building was finally  enclosed.  The final building cost came in at $3,668.85.
    Inside the building, two front rooms were used by  the clerk’s office and a Justice of the Peace. It also had a large audience room that was available to rent.
    The building was a popular site for Lawton High School commencements, which took place there until the early 1950s.
    In 1932, the Lawton Library took up space at the building, and remained there for  two years, until relocating.
    In 1950, the Antwerp Township Board leased the  building for the use as a movie theater.
    Following the building renovation, it was still used by the Village of Lawton and Antwerp Township, who used a small  room  in the northwest corner of the building.
    In 1951, a large explosion, followed by a fire, gutted the interior. Funding from Antwerp Township enabled the building’s interior  to be restored; but use of the building by the school and village dwindled -- the school had new facilities and the Village of Lawton had  moved  its offices from the Town Hall.
    During the 1970s, the building  saw very limited use. Then in the 1980s and 90s, the building was used for an arts and crafts venue. Several other business have occupied the former Town Hall.
    “We love this historic venue and we are anxious to share it with our community as the premier historic venue in Southwest Michigan,” said Jessica.
    Bridal and event professionals such as photographers,videographers, DJs, photo booths, florists, bakers, beauty & wellness consultants and more will be on hand at the open house.
    Jeff added, “We have spent over a year renovating this space as a labor of love, and we look forward to creating many memories in this beautiful new venue.”

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