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Nearly a year after devastating fire, Columbia Ballroom reopens

Columbia Ballroom
Posted at 4:15 PM, Feb 28, 2021
and last updated 2021-02-28 16:17:49-05

COLUMBIA STATION, Ohio — It’s been nearly one year since the Columbia Ballroom in Columbia Station caught fire, causing severe damage to the popular spot for wedding venues and dances for nearly 100 years. Although the fire was devastating for the venue, it did not entirely destroy the building, which is now open once again.

Heidi and Shane Goodman, owners of Columbia Ballroom, shared the news that they were able to restore the venue to its entirety and have opened its doors for events.

Back in March, fire crews were called to Columbia Ballroom to put out the flames that were ravishing the building. A preliminary investigation indicated that someone was soldering pipes for some restoration work and solder got into some insulation and ignited.

After fire crews extinguished the flames, the community came together to help clear the water and debris from the venue.

The venue, which after the fire looked like a shell of its former self, has now been completely restored, bringing back a beautiful ballroom to Lorain County.

Columbia Ballroom

The Goodman family has owned Columbia Ballroom since it was converted from a barn in 1931, which now includes 9,000 square feet of oak hardwood floors and a white, farmhouse-style interior with large lanterns lighting the venue.

The beauty of the venue has continued to draw interest from those looking for a location to host their special days for decades.

On March 7, Columbia Ballroom will host an open house from 12 p.m. to 4 p.m. where those interested in the venue for a future event can see the popular venue’s fresh new look.

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