Mercantile Hall Burlington
Mercantile Hall is a new, non-traditional event venue in Burlington, Wisconsin that sits squarely in the heart of the city’s historic downtown. From its construction before the turn of the century, the building has morphed from a mercantile (old school mall) to a department store, and most recently a furniture store that was ravaged by a massive 5-alarm fire in 2014. Interestingly, as the restoration crews worked hard to clear the fire debris by removing the layers of soot and melted wires, the most amazing discovery was found – the original hardwood floors hiding beneath a fireproof polyester covering. The warm tones of the wood floors and the exposed imperfect brick walls make the most beautiful setting that can take on a variety of looks including industrial, vintage, modern, rustic, or artsy.
So it was a fateful day just about two years later when the idea was born to take that amazing space and create something insanely special. Two women dedicated to service, community, and fun (along with a posse of friends, family, and community members) will help Mercantile Hall take its first full breath in the Spring of 2017. Leaving its original elements intact, the entire space will feature experience-rich design with components that can be changed to transform each and every event making the space unique each time.