Special Photo Duluth's Payne-Corley House recently renovated the inside of the building, plus has rebranded itself as a modern venue for special events.
DULUTH -- The Payne-Corley House was originally built as a farmhouse by David Little in 1873. But for the past 15 years the location has been used to host special events.
Today, owners Krista and Michael Ganley have unveiled the house's latest renovations and rebranded logo.
"Basically, there were a lot things we wanted to do (to the house) over the past few years," Krista Ganley said. "We kept up with the usual needs of an aging house, but we wanted to give it more of a modern look."
For approximately a month, the Ganleys worked on projects throughout the week to upgrade the space. For two weeks in April, Floor Coverings International replaced the floors with new dark hardwood.
"(The renovation) was more cosmetic, not structural," Ganley said. "We didn't knock down walls or anything. The space is great and wonderful, it just needed a touch up."
Another large addition to the venue is the 12-foot bar built of the reclaimed wood from a 100-year-old Duluth barn that was torn down years ago.
"The bar was cool because we used some old barn siding," Ganley said. "Several years ago when they were tearing down an old barn, so we saved pieces from it. It's been in the back storage area for years."
Other interior and exterior updates include outdoor lighting, renovated chairs and centerpieces.
The Payne-Corley House now has a modern farmhouse feel to it instead of its previous Victorian decor, according to Ganley.
"Think Martha Stewart farmhouse," she said with a laugh. "It will appeal to a larger clientele. The new look is more of a blank canvas for clients. Before, you had to really like the look to have an event here. Now, everything is elegant, but neutral. The hardwood works with any color and people can make the space their own or leave it how it is."
For those interested in a tour, the venue is hosting a "Sip and See," a free open house on June 22. Attendees need to reserve a spot online at paynecorleyhouse.com.