The magnificent 35,500- square-foot complex that includes several buildings built between 1852 and 1873 by brewer businessman John A. Sprenger will soon be restored in all her glory!
Excelsior, or the Grande Dame of King Street, sat vacant for nearly 38 years until the spring of 2015 when proprietors John and Kelly Dantinne created a viable business strategy to fund its development and restoration. The Excelsior building will finally emerge from her slumber as downtown Lancaster’s premier event venue in early 2016.
“The space itself is very unique. It has an atmosphere of sophisticated urban elegance,” Kelly says. Historic hallmarks include original tin ceilings, abundant elongated windows, a sweeping grand staircase and the stunning Second French Empire façade. One rare beauty mark is the catacombs—the barrel vaulted stone chambers at the base of the Sprenger Brewery building. There are seven indoor and outdoor spaces in total.
“We would really like to see the space for a multi-use purpose and rent it at an affordable price. Our goal is to have all types of people use and enjoy Excelsior for various events,” John says.
Those who use the space for galas, weddings, corporate functions, and parties will find its central location to everything downtown Lancaster already offers as a bonus—with parking, lodging, shopping, and dining nearby.
Long-term environmental sustainability is paramount. Three green spaces and plans for solar panels are already in the works. Everything that can be reused and salvaged will be. Decks and stairs are made from the timbers coming out of the building—beautiful large pieces of cherry floors. Salvaged tin from non-historical areas will be repurposed into mirror frames and fronts of mobile bars.
Now booking for 2016 and 2017! Take your next event to a higher level and beyond expectations at Excelsior. Learn more at excelsiorlancaster.com.