COLUMBUS, Neb. – One of the most well-known and historic buildings in Columbus has been given new life.
The Schweser’s building in downtown Columbus closed around a year and a half ago, after online markets such as Amazon slowed their sales dramatically. The building has sat dormant until last month, when Robert and Tracy Gasper purchased the facility with plans to turn the 1920’s-era building, with beautiful stained glass windows, into a reception hall.
“It’s an incredible building, a lot of history in Columbus, right on the town square. We looked at it as an unique opportunity to own this incredible structure,” says Robert Gasper.
The longtime Columbus residents looked around the state for the right opportunity, before discovering prime real estate, right at home.
“We just really had been keeping our eye out for a historical building, something that would make an impact to the community,” says Tracy Gasper.
The couple needs to hire an architect, make small renovations, add bathrooms and get the old facility up to code before opening, which is planned anytime between Christmas-time of this year and mid-2018.
“There’s always challenges with changing the use of a building, but we’re excited about the potential,” says Robert Gasper.
The Gaspers are eventually hoping to turn the upstairs into apartments, once they get the reception hall up and running.