The Mansion at Uptown is now open to the public Friday and Saturday nights starting at 10 p.m. at 2901 Hennepin Ave.
The venue has retained the original Walker Library ceilings and added high-backed seating, outdoor patios, extravagant chandeliers, posh bathrooms and floor-to-ceiling mirrors for selfies.
Uptown Hospitality co-founder Steve Hark said they chose a design to match the 1911 columns that front Hennepin, aiming to impress people who push open the doors.
“It’s the wow factor,” Hark said. “It’s a grandiose feel when you come into the building. … We wanted people to experience like they are inside a mansion.”
The venue is open for private events, and so far they’ve hosted parties for weddings and groups like Women Winning. The Mansion will host the Uptown Association’s annual Holiday Mingle on Dec. 3.
Hark said they decided to create an event center to provide young professionals an alternative wedding venue to Calhoun Beach Club.
Uptown Hospitality is finishing up work on “The Vault” on the basement level, which has the brick and concrete feel of the Warehouse District.
The venue serves food until 1 a.m. and offers a hookah bar.
Next summer, staff plan to open up the patio in the afternoons for happy hour.
The Mansion describes its dress code as “trendy and upscale.”