After outliving their original purpose, historic buildings in Ottawa have a knack for finding new life.
Continuing this tradition, a former Federal Post Office at Second and Hickory streets is set to open later this month as “The Historic Post Office,” a wedding and event venue. Over the past year, Narthex Property, a Kansas City-based real estate and leasing company, has led the building’s renovation.
“The Historic Post Office is excited to announce its grand opening in Ottawa’s charming downtown district at 122 East Second Street,” a release from the company said. “The grand opening event is open to the public and will be the first opportunity for the community to step beyond the rendering images and into this remarkable space.”
The grand opening and ribbon cutting will take place 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. June 15 at The Historic Post Office.
The ribbon cutting will be hosted by the Ottawa Area Chamber of Commerce.
Narthex Properties lauded the structure’s versatility, location and charm.
“A short drive from anywhere in Northeast Kansas, The Historic Post Office has undergone a dramatic transformation from a 105-year-old limestone landmark into an elegant wedding and event venue,” the release said. “This stunning 1913 facility boasts soaring ceilings, a flood of natural light, beautiful chandeliers, and warm hardwood floors.”
The building’s renovations have yielded a 4,000 square-foot ballroom, a speakeasy-style lounge, exclusive bride and groom suites, and a caterer’s kitchen.
Rob Boyer, Narthex partner and entrepreneur, is personally excited about the building.
“This is a one-of-a-kind event space where families, friends, and the community will come together and celebrate life’s special moments,” Boyer said. “Every person in Ottawa has a unique memory of this building. The renovated space is even more beautiful than we imagined.”