South Bend, Indiana


9,925 sf + 525 sf expansion

Completed Date

2013, 2016 expansion

This event space renovation repurposed an old procession plant to accommodate a banquet facility with a 350+ capacity. The original cooler was converted into a bar with an outdoor patio. Site improvements included signage, drive, and parking areas. The bar was later expanded, incorporating overhead doors to open the space to the outdoors and retain views of the river.

This unique event center is located in a renovated meat processing facility built for the Peter Eckrich and Sons Company in 1935.  The interior partitions were removed to create the main event space and to expose as much of the original load-bearing masonry as possible.  The bar front was constructed out of reclaimed heavy timber beams fastened together with steel straps and topped off with a concrete bar. The Art Deco back bar was salvaged from another local establishment.  ‘His’ and ‘Hers’ themed bathrooms add another distinct element. A 900-square-foot patio provides outdoor seating and is enclosed by cable railing, which has a minimal visual presence to maximize river views. Overall, the event center maintains the integrity of its industrial past through exposed concrete, masonry, ductwork, trusses, and steelwork.  

Key Features

  • Adaptive reuse of a former meat processing facility
  • 5,000 square-foot assembly area
  • Patio with river views
  • Exposed concrete, masonry, and steel
  • Custom bar made from salvaged materials

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