Harmonie Club and Centre Street Pub
Harmonie Club Building
The Harmonie Club was constructed at its present site at the beginning of the 20th century as the social club and center for the German immigrant community of Detroit. Originally located in the now Greektown area, the club moved to the present building on Grand River in historic Harmonie Park after a fire destroyed their original structure. The cornerstone for the original building is also used in the present structure.
As the social center for the German community, the Harmonie Club Building housed a variety of functions. The Harmonie Club building functioned in its capacity as the German Community's Social Club until the 1970’s when a treasurer for the Harmonie Club embezzled funds causing the club’s demise. It remained abandoned until recently.
studiozONE completed a renovation of the existing building including exterior and interior improvements. Many structural renovations also had to occur to repair the damage caused by neglect during the building’s abandoned period.
The half-story below grade was a Ratskeller Pub with a bar/restaurant as well as bowling lanes. The bowling lanes were saved and recycled to create the new lounge. A new kitchen was installed in the rear of the space which presented many challenges including venting the exhaust from the new grill line.
The main floor was original designed as formal dining area as well as the main lobby for the building. After the renovation, the floor has been used as a banquet and performance area, hosting Tony and Tina’s wedding. Now it houses gallery space for the Arts League of Michigan. A long length of bearing wall was removed to allow a more open flow between the halves of the building and all the historic woodwork including the grand staircase was restored.
The second floor contained a large banquet hall area with supporting spaces used for weddings and other large gatherings. Initially the space as used as offices for the developer. New ceiling clouds were installed to cover damaged ceiling areas while providing new lighting. The conference room half moon window was painstakingly restored. The floor now is used as offices and performance spaces for the Arts League of Michigan.
The third floor was the centerpiece of the original facility containing the “Leider Hall” or “Singing Hall”. The space is over 25’ in height and contains a large stage. This was the area where the community gathered to socialize, drink beer and sing the songs of the homeland. The third floor has not yet been completed.
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