Thousands of people came together for the 1926 grand opening ceremony of the Masonic Temple; years later, the iconic building continues to stand as an invaluable piece of Detroit’s history. Complex, elegant and a story of its own, the 96-year-old building has recently undergone a multimillion-dollar renovation, expected to be complete by the end of the year. Stunning bronze metal elevator doors, a new floor medallion and an upgraded front entry space are just a few of the Main Lobby renovations guests can expect to be greeted with upon arrival.

“A building as complex as this one, with its various uses and layers of historic fabric, is in a constant state of active preservation,” says project manager Dawn Bilobran. The 550,000-square-foot building proudly offers groups of any size a variety of creative and effective venues for concerts, corporate meet- ings, plays, movies and photo productions, conferences, seminars, and parties.

One of the building’s most iconic facilities, the Crystal Ballroom, underwent updates to its wood flooring and décor. As Michigan’s largest ballroom, the elegant space can accommodate up to 550 people for weddings, banquets and meetings of all kinds. Food service, music, and customizable sound and lighting allow guests an unmatched opportunity to bring their event visions to life.

After years of unforgettable concerts, the Masonic Temple Theatre stage underwent resurfacing, with  additional  renovations to a number of the 4,650 seating options. The 54,000-square-foot theater stands as the largest in Michigan, and continues to carry out its reputation as a world-renowned destination for showcasing talent.

 

With restrictions across the country in a state of constant flux, not everyone is ready to jump back into meeting in person. While some planners are eager to get back to “normal,” the long-term adjustment to new protocols and potential risks make some hesitant to gather.

While wearing masks and social distancing can help keep attendees safe, intentional design choices—such as including natureinspired elements and materials and plenty of plants—can also help calm attendees.

 

Most often thought of as a leisure travel destination, Frankenmuth—with its distinctive German flair—is also one of the state’s top locales for corporate events. Dubbed “Little Bavaria” in the early 1950s, this town is rich with tradition, culture, family heritage and plenty of unique spaces and activities for groups of all sizes.

 

The fare and flare of Spain has arrived in downtown Grand Rapids with the opening of the new MDRD, pronounced Madrid, on the 27th floor of the tower at Amway Grand Plaza Hotel (previously Cygnus27 restaurant). While the feel and flavors have changed, the unparalleled views of downtown and the Grand River means that this space still provides the best skyline dining in the city. Here, every seat is the “best seat in the house.”