Main Street East Building
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Step back in time as you enter The Desenberg.

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The Desenberg building was built in 1886 to house the Desenberg Grocery Company. Legendary Chicago architect Louis Sullivan and his partner Dankmar Alder designed the building which is now the last remaining Sullivan structure in Michigan.

Early 1900's

In the early 1900s, the building was bought by a wealthy German family. The family would renovate the Desenberg and continue its life as a store until WWI.


In the 1950s, the building was repurposed and became Hooker Glass & Paint Store. This store sold home improvement products and supplies such as paint, wallpaper, mirrors, and more.


After the building was repurposed again, it became the Schau-Powell sporting goods store. This store remained in business until 1985 when it eventually shut down.


The final tenant of the Desenberg building before it became the Desenberg Event Center was Huntington National Bank. The bank occupied the building from 1987-2019.


The Desenberg Event Center officially opened October of 2023.

The Desenberg Street View

"Historic marries modern."

This newly renovated space now holds a glass wall projection system, professional house sound, and beautiful custom lighting to ensure every event is unique and memorable. Whether it be weddings, corporate, or social events, we do it all. Our events team is dedicated and excited to make your dream event a reality and bring it to life at The Desenberg.
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