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November 2, 2013

Bringing the old firehouse back to life

Couple turns site into event center

ANDERSON — When Lisa Singleton-Roberts lost her job earlier this year, she decided it was finally time to follow her dream. Having spent 14 years as a successful certified wedding/event planner, she knew she wanted to operate her own venue.

“I was walking by this building and thought that it would be a great event center,” said Lisa, who had been selling insurance in Noblesville. “It’s a unique historical building but it hadn’t been cared for. When I walked by this place, I bumped up against my destiny.”

She left her event planning career behind years ago due to the number of evening and weekend hours it demanded. With a desire to be home with her children, Lisa decided a more traditional job fit the bill. Now with two grown children and nine-year-old Colin, she feels the time is ripe to begin a new venture.

Originally a firehouse built in 1927 on Broadway and Plum, the structure has been both commercial and residential property. Not only did Lisa and her husband, Sam Roberts of Sam Roberts Plumbing, remove walls to create large gathering spaces, but also had to gut all the rooms due to their bad condition.

Walking through the front door, visitors will enter the bistro room, where Lisa painstakingly hand-painted the smooth wood floor that was discovered under carpet. Sam built a wood bar that doubles as a place to enjoy a drink or lay out a buffet.

Muted yellow walls are accented with dark trim and décor has been added to create the feel of a bistro. In a few months, this area will be open for breakfast, lunch and specialty coffee.

The largest gathering room features the still-operational oversized garage door that once opened for fire trucks. Clients that choose dates filled with warm sunshine ask for the door to be opened to create an alfresco feel.

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