The Wallis EDC approved an economic grant in the amount of $35,000 for reimbursements for renovations of one of the historical buildings in Downtown Wallis. The building under renovation/restoration is located at 6503 Commerce St. (the Brandt Building), but locally it is known as the “Coca-Cola Building” because of the red and green advertisement mural painted on the side of the building. The couple that purchased and are renovating the building plan to turn it into an event venue.
History Of The Building & Renovation
Earlier this year, Katy, Texas residents, Joshua and Natalie DeJong, purchased the historic Coca-Cola building in downtown Wallis at 6503 Commerce. The space is being renovated to accommodate weddings, intimate concerts, elegant celebrations, and special events.
In keeping with the historical value of the building, the DeJong’s have decided to name the venue “Brandt 1910” after the original proprietor and the year it was constructed as a general mercantile store by F.D. Brandt. “We’re excited to be a part of something so historical and as beautiful as the Brandt building. We’ve really enjoyed getting to know the people of Wallis and are beyond excited to bring the building back to life for everyone to enjoy”, said Mrs. DeJong.
Renovations have begun to take place with work expected to be completed by the Spring of 2023. “Everyone has been asking if we will keep the look of the building and the answer is ‘yes’ says Mr. DeJong. He continues, “we are preserving a Texas icon and we are taking it very seriously. The murals on the side, the windows, the original hardwood floors, and the screen doors are all being restored and will remain with the building”. They want their one-year-old son, Thomas, and all future generations to know the value of hard work and the history that the Brandt building represents.
Brandt 1910 will feature an indoor ballroom, second-floor ready suites, and an outdoor ceremony and garden space. The 4,000 square foot ballroom with the addition of the outdoor garden space can accommodate up to 150 people. Events can already be booked for 2023 on their website, www.Brandt1910.com.
For more information, contact Natalie DeJong at [email protected].
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You can view the discussion and grant presentation in the video below beginning at the 00:03:40 mark of the video.