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New employees Ashley Little, left, and Anna Barbee are responsible for booking reservations and managing events at the new JQH Tower Club.
SBJ photo by Wes Hamilton
New employees Ashley Little, left, and Anna Barbee are responsible for booking reservations and managing events at the new JQH Tower Club.

Tower Club reopens

After closing five months ago, Springfield’s tallest event venue, on the top two floors of Hammons Tower, is back.

Formerly a members-only restaurant and reception hall, The Tower Club has been reimagined as a public event venue now dubbed JQH Tower Club. The multimillion-dollar facelift of the 21st and 22nd floors – including the remodeling of Hammons Tower’s main-floor lobby and elevators – was partially unveiled last night during the retirement party of Barbara Brown-Johnson, The Child Advocacy Center Inc.’s 19-year director.

Although nothing structural changed, guests may notice several cosmetic updates.

Brown-Johnson’s event was held in the main ballroom on the 21st floor, which seats 300 and offers west, south and east views of the city, said Diana Hall, who was hired this summer to assist with the remodeling project. The brass accents have been refinished, turning the darker, orange color to a lighter, white-gold appearance. The room was repainted and the light-colored oak wood was stained a darker, mahogany tone. Additionally, the carpet that once covered most of the space has been removed and replaced with hardwood flooring, creating up to 3,500 square feet for a dance floor.

The former 75-seat restaurant dining room and another 150-person ballroom on the 22nd floor are still being finished. The former Tower Club kitchen is available for outside caterers to use as a staging area. Six meeting rooms also are available.

Plaza Realty & Management Services LLC, a subsidiary of John Q. Hammons Industries, hired Anna Barbee and Ashley Little to handle booking and event management.

The reopening appears to be well anticipated. Hall said there are 27 events scheduled at JQH Tower Club – all of which were booked site unseen. Several weddings receptions will be held in the space, as well as student organization events from all three universities in town.

“Springfield Ballet is having a daddy-daughter dance in February,” Hall said. “This Saturday, we’re having Enactus. The student portion of Enactus, they are having a dinner to thank their sponsors.”

The larger ballroom rents for $2,500 for an evening event, Hall said, and the smaller is available for $1,500.

“The prices during the day are discounted,” she said.

In March, John Q. Hammons Hotels & Resorts officials announced the club no longer would accept reservations after June 30. At the time, the future of the venue was unclear.

Unlike its previous use, the JQH Tower Club dropped the membership requirements and restaurant dining in favor of a space for events available to the general public, according to Springfield Business Journal reporting.

Web Producer Geoff Pickle contributed.


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