History of The Lincoln Center

The original building (now housing the Monroe Ballroom) was built in the early 1920’s as a church.  Late 19th century and early 20th century houses (and outhouses and detached garages) made up the rest of the block, which was square (no curving Post Street with the funny triangle shaped island between Sharp, Post and Lincoln streets). The entrance was on Sharp, under the bell tower. Most of the homes and buildings were removed over time and replaced with a parking lot, except the two houses at the north end of the block facing Lincoln Street. In the early 1980s a concrete block structure was added with a gym (now the Lincoln Ballroom), showers and locker rooms (now the main men’s and women’s restrooms), and a two-story wing with 6 classrooms – 3 downstairs and 3 upstairs (now the kitchens downstairs and the Landau Room upstairs).

 The buildings were known by various names over the years, usually associated with whatever church occupied the property, including John G. Lake church and Second Harvest Christian Fellowship.

The historic building included mission style Art Deco architectural elements popular during the 1920s era.    (If you take a look up and down Monroe you will see that many of these building features have been preserved.)