Scoular Unveils Renovated Historical Ballroom
March 4, 2013
OMAHA, NE (February 27, 2013) – The Scoular Company will host an open house on Friday, March 15 from 4:00-7:00 p.m. to unveil the newly renovated Scoular Ballroom to the public. The 7,000 square foot ballroom boasts a balcony, full stage, larger corner loges and a state-of-the art audio/visual system. The ballroom underwent a renovation beginning early January this year. Open House guests will have a first-hand look at the ballroom’s successful blending of charming and historic Moorish architecture with contemporary features and amenities. The ballroom upgrades feature updated architectural and design accents and will be able to amply meet the needs of wedding parties, corporations, charitable entities and more. Later this year, bride and groom dressing rooms will be added as well as a conference/banquet room with capacity for groups under 75 guests. The public is invited to this event at 2027 Dodge Street. Parking is available directly west of the building.
The Scoular Company relocated its corporate headquarters in 1989 after dedicating 18 months to renovate the building, restoring much of the building’s original architecture. Because Scoular’s leadership team was committed to historical preservation, the building was restored with its original grandeur in mind. The Scoular building’s rich story is evident in the neo-classical crown moldings prevalent throughout the building. Intricate scrollwork and rich ornamentation can be found in numerous design elements on all seven floors, which have been enjoyed by generations of occupants.
Originally constructed in 1929 as the Knights of Columbus, the first floor Clubhouse served as a social center for Omaha Catholics, especially the youth, to gather within a wholesome and inviting environment in the growing and bustling downtown Omaha. The building originally contained a gymnasium, swimming pool, four handball courts, and the Mezzanine floor of the basement featured a balcony with capacity for seating 800. Plus a 400-seat balcony overlooked the swimming pool.
In 1944, The Scoular Building once again became a place for people to gather and enjoy the company of friends and business associates. Home to the American Legion Post No. 1, (the largest post in the country), the building served as an inexpensive club for servicemen returning home from World War II, known for the best food and largest bar in town.
In December of 1987, The Scoular Company purchased the building from Northern Natural Gas, later known as Enron, (which had purchased the building in 1956), and The Scoular Company re-located its headquarters from 90th & Dodge in Omaha to The Scoular Building.
In 2012, the Scoular Building’s first floor health club was completely renovated and reopened as Pinnacle Fitness Club. Pinnacle Fitness Club, also open to the public, has become one of Omaha’s premiere health and fitness facilities, complete with an Olympic-sized swimming pool, modern facilities, and towel service.
Evidence of The Scoular Building’s former lives can be seen in the modern Pinnacle Fitness Club, in the 40 ft. ceiling of the second floor trading room, the hub of Scoular’s business, and in the newly renovated Scoular Ballroom.
The Scoular Building is included in the registry of Historical Landmark Buildings. To learn more about the Scoular Ballroom, go to www.scoularballroom.com.