Posted: October 6, 2015 Convention Center Opens at the Lismore
For months there has only been contractors filing into the downtown hotel. As of a few days ago, the doors to the convention center are open and people are filing in to attend events.
The Lismore began October by unveiling the first piece of its highly anticipated project in downtown Eau Claire. The newly renovated event halls attached to the Lismore began hosting events October 1, with a 10th birthday celebration for the Children's Museum of Eau Claire. According to Julia Johnson, Project Specialist and Partner with Pablo Properties, more than 70 events have already been scheduled despite limited marketing.
The space is in the process of getting new artwork for upcoming guests. Jo Ellen Burke, owner of Joyous Horse Art Studio located in Banbury Place, coordinated a piece entitled 'Sister City Study.' It features the artwork of more than 20 students, ages 6 - 12 years old, from one of Burke's art classes and is showcased in the lower event hall. In keeping with the inspiration for the name of the Lismore Hotel - Eau Claire's Australian sister city, Lismore - 'Sister City Study' is based on aboriginal art and patterns typically seen on didgeridoos. More local artwork has been commissioned for the main entryway to the event halls.
Johnson and the local ownership group are excited to make the event spaces available as a resource in downtown Eau Claire. Totaling 13,800 square feet of event space, the halls have added two new 'green rooms' for staging as well as expanding previous food preparation space to a full kitchen. Johnson, who has worked on the design and plan implementation of previous JAMF Software facilities, including their most recent expansion in downtown Eau Claire, revels in the details and her touch can be seen throughout the event halls from the woodwork to unique light fixtures. Those at Pablo Properties anticipate opening the rest of its facility by the end of 2015.