So Dieringer, along with family and friends, spent the last four months clearing out the area -- which was once divided into various studios and workshops -- to make it an excellent setting for events. There was sanding and applying polyurethane to the floors and more to be done. In fact, Dieringer’s vision of collaborative efforts came to life with various tenants contributing to the restoration efforts.
Built in the 1890s, the Davis-Linden Building once housed the Davis Sewing Company, Huffy, and was even the site for manufacturing World War II ammunition.
“There’s chemical engineers, screen printers, artists, electrical engineers, custom woodshops and art studios (here). So the diversity and culture that was already created here—and then getting people involved on projects with the building—just kind of bringing people together and creating that encouraging environment to work with others, it’s turned out great,” he said.
The building, built in the 1890s, once housed heavy machinery and assemblies of workers for companies like the Davis Sewing Machine Company and later Huffy Bicycles. Soon, it will host musical performances, receptions and more.
“I’ve also thought about trying to drum up some business during the week and have renowned chefs coming in from larger cities that are stopping by and have some type of culinary event here. Kind of like food truck rallies, except these different restaurants actually bring in dishes they make, with people trying different things,” Dieringer said.
This space once housed multiple units filled with workers and heavy machinery. It will soon host bands, dancers, art and more.
The hall, which also features a bar area, passed its first test run recently when Dieringer used it to host his own wedding reception. After a few final touches, the Davis-Linden Building’s event hall will be ready for its first formal event next month.
Once thought by many to be vacant, the Davis-Linden Building's vibrant event hall has brought light to the neighborhood.
Dieringer says bigger changes to the grand scope of the building are on the way, such as making the space more accessible by installing a pedestrian tunnel and elevators, as well as turning the courtyard parking lot into green space. It all sound like a lot of work, but he knew that when he bought the building.
“We expected it to be challenging. It’s pretty much what I thought we’d be getting into,” Dieringer said. “I’m just trying to bring some diversity -- some other cultural experiences in the area.”