History

Where events make history!

The spirit of the circus thrives at the refurbished Baraboo Arts Banquet & Convention Center at 323 Water Street. The building was once served as the Ringling Brothers winter shop and storage quarters.

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The Ringlings acquired the mill property in 1909 from the George M. Reul & Sons planning mill it was used as a storage and workshop to repair circus wagons, props and costumes.

In 1910 the current structure was built. For the next 17 years this winter storage space was alive with circus workers. If you were passing by the building in 1914, you may have witnessed the painting of a prop for an elephant act, the stripping, painting and relining of canvas wagons, blue and yellow painted chairs hanging from the ceiling and the presence of an air calliope. (W.W. Dunkle, “A Day in Baraboo,” Billboard, March 21 1914).

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Today, the beautiful, historic building has been transformed in to the Baraboo Arts Banquet & Convention Center. The Baraboo Arts Banquet & Convention Center offers two beautiful banquet rooms, one with an adjoining room available and is the ideal setting for any social or corporate events.

Choose the historical Baraboo Arts Banquet & Convention Center as the location for your next event and experience history in the making!

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