The Mezzanine

The Michael Brothers Building, built in 1922, designed by Neil Reed

"The Hidden Staircase" before renovation

"The Hidden Staircase" before renovation

"The Hidden Staircase"

"The Hidden Staircase"

The Mezzanine Grand Lobby Staircase

The Mezzanine Grand Lobby Staircase

 

The Mezzanine rests with elegant dignity over the grand lobby of the Michael Brothers Building and over the decades has served the people of Athens in many ways. In the 20’s it housed the manager’s and the accounting clerk’s offices for Michael Brothers.  In the 30’s it was a beauty parlor, complete with hair extensions and a nail drying station.  After World War II it became a bank where the Michael brothers generously loaned money to their customers when the banks would not.  In later years, it was a jewelry department, several clothing departments, a children’s library and a local Art Gallery. 

     In 1981 the Michael Brothers Building was sold to local investors that converted it to a multi-use building and the grand staircase to the Mezzanine was closed off.  In 2001 the building was sold to the Nelson family.  In 2013 Nelson Properties in its continued effort to restore the Michael Brothers Building, commissioned a local architect to replicate the staircase in the main lobby.  Using sections of iron that were hidden in the walls, they built the beautiful staircase that stands in the lobby today connecting the Mezzanine once again to the Grand Lobby of the Michael Brothers Building. Now everyone can enjoy Neil Reed’s beautiful design as they walk the stairway to their event.  

  For nearly 40 years Neil Reed’s original staircase remained hidden and closed off to the public.  But now Nelson Properties is proud to announce the staircase has been restored back to its original elegance.  Decorated with tea lights and a crystal chandelier, “The Hidden Staircase” is the perfect place to have a small intimate Wedding.

The Mezzanine Grand Lobby Staircase construction

The Mezzanine Grand Lobby Staircase construction

The Mezzanine as a beauty parlor in 1935

The Mezzanine as a beauty parlor in 1935