Oct. 2023

The Desenberg Event Center officially opened October of 2023.


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.


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.


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.

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.


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.

Friday – Sunday

Discover the ideal setting for your corporate events at our conveniently located venue in downtown Kalamazoo’s Historic Main Street East Building. From business meetings to team gatherings, client events, and fundraisers or galas, our versatile space offers a seamless blend of historic charm and modern amenities. Immerse yourself in the dynamic energy of the city while enjoying the convenience of our thoughtfully designed venue, designed to accommodate a wide range of professional occasions.


All Parties Please Contact for Pricing

Under 40 Guests – (includes parking)

40 or More Guests – (does not include parking)

Included Features

Integrated Sound

System & Lighting

Play music throughout the venue using a wireless, high-quality sound system. You can play pre-selected playlists or DJ in real-time using your device. Also included is our beautiful pendant house lighting that will enhance any event.

House Tables & Chairs

Our package includes tables and chairs for guests to use during the event. The number of tables and chairs provided will depend on the size of your guest list.

Catering Kitchen Access

Available for use by you or your chosen caterer to plate and serve food for your guests.

SmartGlass Visual

Design Wall

This can be used for presenting and collaborating. The SmartGlass wall is 21 feet wide and 10 ½ feet high and capable of being used as a whiteboard, for presenting, or a combination of both at the same time! Our top of the line technology makes it simple to use your own device while presenting for a stress free meeting!

Pre-Event Venue

Layout & Design Meeting

You’ll have the option to choose from a selection of elegant room designs to create the perfect setting for your event. You’ll be able to choose from various styles, colors, and layouts to suit your tastes.


Management Tool

This tool provides access to a collaborative system for you and your vendors. Allowing you to create your preferred seating chart and your vendors to be informed of your guest count and design whereabouts.

Popular Add-Ons


The historic Main Street East Atrium is roughly 700 square feet featuring exposed brick and natural wood. At 4 stories tall, the Atrium boasts plentiful natural lighting for an ideal cocktail hour setting or a picturesque extension to your reception space for you and guests.

Coffee Service

$3/per person

Featuring the locally renowned Water Street Coffee. This enhancement brings the warmth of freshly brewed coffee to your event, delighting your guests with a taste of local flavors. Let us provide a flavorful and aromatic addition to your special day, ensuring everyone stays refreshed and energized throughout the celebration.

Preferred Vendors

** The Desenberg does not require any specific vendor to be used. **