New event center in historic building turns past industrial space into elegant venue
By David Yarger
The Wurlitzer Building along Niagara Falls Boulevard has provided a setting of history and elegance since its construction in 1892. Over 125 years later, that same history and elegance can be seen in the new Events at the Wurlitzer complex.
The Events at the Wurlitzer venue was constructed in December and includes an upstairs ballroom with capacity for around 150 people in the "tower room," and a newly built event center is expected to be finished this weekend in the lower level Wurlitzer room.
General Manager Donald Warfe said the venue is capable of holding a vast array of events, from baby and bridal showers to bar mitzvahs, funeral breakfasts, weddings and more.
"You name it, we do pretty much any catering that you want," Warfe said.
With the Wurlitzer building being, architecturally, an older set- ting, the scenery and reconstruction still contains the classic look with exposed steel beams, industrial windows and lighting and high ceilings.
"We have resurrected certain rooms," Warfe said. "We're doing all kinds of things here."
As with any business, when the center was constructed, Warfe said he made it a precedent to make the venue a top-notch event center.
"Our goal is to be the premier events center in Western New York," Warfe said. "We have all kinds of markets here from Amherst, Clarence, City of Buffalo, even the Southtowns isn't that far of a stretch for someone that lives in Orchard Park to have an event out here. ... We just want to be the best place that you could possibly be."
Along with the historic and aesthetically pleasing setting, Warfe said attendees can expect the services to be nothing but the best.
"Great food, great service and great atmosphere - those are the three key elements to make any event a success," Warfe said.
Each event area has televisions, ample seating areas and a bar area. The lower level venue can hold around 400 people. In fact, the first big event in the Wurlitzer room will be the North Tonawanda High School prom on June 1. Warfe said the community reaction has been an "overwhelming support," and "people are blown away when they walk in."
"This building has so much history, there's so many people that, either their parents or their grandparents worked in this building, so they're familiar with the building. Sometimes they've never been in it and they come in and they're like 'Wow, this is beautiful,' and just to see the resurrection of an icon like this building has just been pretty remarkable with the support of the community," Warfe said.
Those interested in booking an event at the venue can visit www.wurlitzerevents.com and there will be an event inquiry. Warfe said the center contacts the inquirer within one day. Along with the website, one can call the center at 300-8220 for additional information on booking.