FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
The Monarch Announces Grand Opening for November 1st with Official Unveiling of WBs Eatery, Art Box, The Monarch Venues and Creative Studios
Ogden, UT (September 9, 2019): After much anticipation, The Monarch building will celebrate its Grand Opening on November 1st as a celebratory culmination of a historic renovation project that got its start nearly eight years ago. After purchasing The Monarch building in 2011 and placing it on the National Register of Historic Places in 2012, Fischer-Regan Enterprises embarked on an extensive building rehabilitation with R&O Construction and Carbon Architects, along with interior designer Valerie Marcus of VM Concept. RDA, Historic and New Markets Tax Credits partners made the project possible, including DV Community Investment, LLC and Chase New Markets Corporation. Developer Thaine Fischer envisioned The Monarch as an incubator for Ogden artists and creative businesses, with the hope of cultivating an environment that would promote positive social and economic change in East Central Ogden. Now as it nears completion, Fischer reflects on the project while looking forward to its community impact.
“More than a decade ago when we redeveloped our first historic building in downtown Ogden, we had no idea of the social impact it would have within our community,” says Fischer. “Several buildings later we are ecstatic and humbled by the response. The Monarch is our boldest attempt to bring community impact to Ogden’s new Nine Rails Creative District. With the support of our community, creatives, tax credits and investment partners our vision is finally coming together. We believe this is just the beginning.”
The Monarch’s Grand Opening events begin at 4pm with a ribbon cutting ceremony with government officials and presentations by WBs Eatery, Art Box and O1ARTS, who, as a future tenant of The Monarch, presents a large-scale installation in the lobby by visiting artists-in-residence Wade Kavanaugh and Stephen Nguyen. Guests will be invited into the Royal Room for an introduction to The Monarch Venues and recognition of The Monarch’s lenders, architects, construction team and supporters who’ve made the project possible. The building will then be open for Ogden’s First Friday Art Stroll, and guests are encouraged to visit artist studios, have bites and beverages at WBs Eatery, shop at the Art Box and experience the lobby’s immersive art installation. The Banyan Collective will present live podcast performances from 7-10pm with local musicians Mojave Nomads, Lovely Noughts and Sam Brue.
Developed by Fischer-Regan Enterprises LLC, The Monarch is a collaborative environment where artists, creative businesses and makers of all types can connect, inspire and create together in the heart of Ogden’s Nine Rails Creative District. The Monarch strives to provide the Wasatch region with uniquely artful experiences through artist engagement, creative dining and memorable events. The Monarch is home to the Art Box, WBs Eatery, O1ARTS and The Monarch Venues.
The Monarch Grand Opening Schedule of Events
Recognitions & Presentations (The Royal Room)
Ogden’s First Friday Art Stroll:
-Open Studios with Monarch Creatives
-WBs Eatery features local artists while offering bites and beverages
-O1ARTS features the evolving art installation, “Unmaking Monuments” in the lobby
-Art Box features the art of Joe Anglim “Joey Amazing” of the TV show, Survivor