2016Friends of the Braumart is now officially the owner of the historic Braumart Theater. River Valley Bank and Northern Michigan Bank & Trust placed their faith in our project to lend us money to purchase the building. They saw the tremendous value that a dedicated COMMUNITY arts and entertainment center can provide to the community. Their effort will allow us to make some initial upgrades along with making the theater clean, comfortable and inviting. Much larger, longer term projects are being planned.
An open house was held on Saturday, February 27th from 2-4PM where plans were revealed for our community arts center. Light refreshments, snacks and entertainment was provided
The FOTB Board is working to purchase the Braumart building. Thanks to a wonderful donation by 100+ Women Who Care of Dickinson County in August of 2013, FOTB has a great nest egg in its building purchase fund. As of this writing, FOTB has not entered into negotiations with the building owner.
Engberg Anderson continues to refine schematic designs of the building's interior with input from the FOTB Board.
Watch this page for future announcements of our progress.
In 2013, the Milwaukee architectural firm of Engberg Anderson began an architectural, engineering and structural analysis of the building. This analysis showed that the building was reasonably sound and showed areas where existing features could be better utilized. Their study included schematic designs for a new Braumart Arts Center.