There’s no doubt about it; if excitement can create success, the Creswell family is going to be one of the most successful in the little town of Comanche, Texas. How do I know? Because there is no one, and I mean NO ONE who isn’t thrilled beyond belief that the east side of the town square is getting a new facelift!
Partners in the venture are Laurie Creswell and daughters, Sloane and Lauren, as well as Laurie’s sister, Ginger Guimarin, and Lem’s sister, Mary Jo Creamer. The ladies are very quick to point out, however, that the hubbies are certainly onboard with their ideas! And I actually had to smile to myself when I heard just what those ideas are because it had been less than a week since I had asked Rickey if he thought a gorgeous event center/venue would be an asset to Comanche.
Obviously, the Creswells and I were on the same page and didn’t even know it!
The 4 North Event Center will encompass the last three buildings on the north end of the east side of the square, and although they can certainly all be used together and all flow beautifully into each other, they also all serve a different purpose, which is going to make 4 North the most sought after venue in Central Texas.
The Knights of Pythias building is the tall red brick building in the center of the east side of the square. In keeping with the history that surrounds the building, the Cresswells have named it Rathbone Hall.
“We were intrigued with the Knights of Pythias from the first, and we wanted to know all about them. We knew that the group met on the upper floor of the building, and it just seemed like naming the building after the Knights was the thing to do. When we learned that the founder of the Knights of Pythias was Justus Rathbone, we knew that we had found our name!”
From the drawings I saw as well as from the ideas that bubbled from the ladies, Rathbone Hall is going to be unbelievable.
“It is going to have a bit of a formal cattle baron look, masculine and majestic all at the same time, with those thick, beautiful walls. Of course, we will have a Knights of Pythias display as part of our décor.
“The hall has two stories, and both will be used for weddings, reunions, meetings, banquets, etc. We will have a full caterer’s kitchen, where families can bring in their own caterers and let them work on site.”
While the first floor is going to be more masculine and majestic/rustic, the upstairs rooms will be a complete contrast.
“The upstairs rooms will remain upscale and more feminine than the lower floor. It will have rooms where the bridal parties can rest, have their nails done, drink champagne, and just savor their time with us.”
Of course, the weddings or other events can also be held upstairs, with the reception taking place below.
“The Jean-Marie Ballroom is too beautiful to describe. The name came from my mom’s mom, whose middle name was Jean, and my dad’s mom, Marie.”
The Rathbone, where once in the back part of the building the Comanche Chief was housed, will keep much of its original floor and ceiling as well as the walls, making it a true historic treasure for the town of Comanche.
The middle building will be able to be used separately from Rathbone Hall, or the doors between the two can be opened to let the crowd spill out into what the Creswell ladies have named Wisteria Courtyard.
“The middle building is the Wisteria Courtyard, and it will have an English garden look. It will be roofed with skylights and serve as a transition between Rathbone Hall and the third building.
“It can be open air or closed, according to the weather, and it can be rented along with Rathbone Hall, or it also serves as a stand alone, with the kitchen available for those who need it.”
Besides the garden that catches my attention immediately, what really intrigues me is that this building with be equipped with a fireplace and some type of a water feature. How I do love water!
“Wisteria Garden will work wonderfully for smaller weddings and, of course, the caterer will be able to use the kitchen. The way the buildings will connect will make it easy for the caterers to work between buildings.
Of course, the back of the building will be an open air garden-like area, and the building serves as a transition into what we all still call the Buddy Hicks building, which will be a roofed building, named Stone Eagle Garden, after the eagles on the historic WPA Comanche County Courthouse.
“This area will be for weddings that call for the more rustic look. It will be built so that people can even pull their own grill in and cook on site if that is what they want to do. They can also use our kitchen if that works better for them.”
Of course, plans can change, and the ladies admitted that the Stone Eagle could eventually house a retail establishment at some point or an outside German style beer garden where people can listen to a band, have a light appetizer, and enjoy a craft beer from one of the breweries in the central and west Texas area, but for now, the plan is that it will be available for rent as well as are the other two buildings and fingers are crossed that nine months from now, they will be open for business. If you want to be first in line, give Laurie Creswell or Sloane Northridge a call!