Early construction of the orginal Wilkes County Federal Building

Early construction of the orginal Wilkes County Federal Building

The 1915 Event Center is housed in the Historic “1915” Federal Building located at 201 West Main Street, Wilkesboro, North Carolina.

Designed by the Office of the Supervising Architect under James A. Wetmore and built in the Federal Revival style, it reflects a strong Roman influence. Rich with classical details, the exterior boasts: tall round-arched windows, slender classical pilasters, and rich detailing in the use of medallions, dentils and egg-and-dart molding that is repeated on the interior. The interior is just as impressive with marbled wainscot, pedimented doorways, and barrel-vaulted ceiling with an oculus marking each point at which cross vaults intersect the main vaulting. The central room, once a courtroom, is capped by a vaulted ceiling surrounded by small round windows that allow sunlight to illuminate the upper levels of the room.

The building served as the U.S. courthouse and post office for over half a century until the Johnson B, Hayes Federal Building was completed in 1969 and in 1982 was listed on the National Register of Historic Places. In 2017, Dale and Michelle Isom purchased the building with the goal of creating a regional community and event center. The center serves as a venue for private and public events each year.

The 1915 can be rented by individuals for a variety of celebrations, both big and small. The 1915 also serves as a concert hall, and as a place for other community activities to take place. Scheduled events can be found on our calendar.