Thursday, February 28, 2008

History Over Cocktails

One of the latest and greatest after-hours meeting destinations in Northern Kentucky for convention or corporate groups is the The Grand At Madison, located at Fifth Street and Madison Avenue, Covington. It's a five minute walk from the Northern Kentucky Convention Center and is located in the historic and recently renovated Odd Fellows Hall. The history of the place provides an interesting backdrop for chatting during drinks and appetizers:
  • It was the center of Covington's civic and political life for most of the Victoria Era.
  • When the Civil War ended, victorious Union General Ulysses S. Grant was honored at a reception there.
  • In 1900, the body of William Goebel, the only U.S. Governor to be assassinated in office, laid in state there as an estimated 10,000 filed past.
  • In the 1950s, a roller skating rink filled the second floor ballroom, famous for its 25-foot-high ceiling suspended by a truss system.
  • In May 2002, a major fire almost destroyed the entire building and sparked a five year massive renovation.

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