Who We Are
In 2011, 319 Event Center became a premier venue in the heart of downtown Springfield. Through many changes since the late 1800s, the integrity of the structures architecture has remained with its exposed brick walls, center columns, hardwood floor and 13 foot ceilings, making this a venue richly unique in character and charm. Our venues feature large open floor plans with seating for up to 200, an 80 x 40 foot fenced-in patio, outdoor bar, dance floor, audio/visual system, kitchen facilities, multiple lighting options, neutral color scheme and a private suite, where you can take a break from it all to catch your breath in an attached lounge area with private bath.
Our staff is excited about making your event special, fun and hassle free. With more than 50 years of combined event experience, our staff has the knowledge and passion to make your event, no matter how large or how small, exceptional. Give us a call; we are ready to go to work.
A Bit Of History
As a venue located in the heart of historic downtown Springfield, the owner and managers of 319 Event Center has a great appreciation for our history as a business and as a member of the Springfield community. The intersection of West Walnut Street and South Campbell Avenue was once a hub of activity with carriage and wagon builders, blacksmiths, stables, barbershops, saloons, retail, dry good and general merchandise stores. Businesses have been operating on this site since approximately 1874. With its close proximity to Park Central Square, it was a part of town where businesses flourished and citizens gathered.
Through our research we have discovered that 319’s Chandelier room, located at 322 S. Campbell, was constructed in approximately 1896 and was home of the J. W. Flora Barbershop.
In approximately 1916, our largest venue at 319 W. Walnut, was originally built as the home of the Athens Candy Factory. During this time Flora’s Barbershop was still going strong at 322 S. Campbell and 324 S. Campbell was the home of local fruit seller Louis Garbino.
Through the years a number of businesses have called our venues home, including Joseph Gold Shoes, Freedman & Rosenthal General Merchandise, and Angelus Kyros Confections. Surprised that two candy manufacturers operated at 319 W. Walnut, we researched further and discovered that in 1926 there were 21 candy and confectioners in operation between Commercial and Walnut streets.
In 1929 Wheeler Furniture moved into 319 W. Walnut and remained at this location until 1976. Another long standing tenant was the Rebori Shoe Store, which occupied our sister venues at 322 and 324 S. Campbell for more than 20 years.