Brown Welcome Center
Completed in 2008, the Brown Welcome Center is one of the most desirable gathering places of its kind in NW Ohio. The center houses not only the administrative offices for the Schedel Arboretum and Gardens, but also a fine art gallery and banquet and meeting facilities for groups up to 100 people. With state-of-the-art audio-video capability, spacious meeting rooms, and breath-taking vistas, the Brown Welcome Center is the perfect venue for a wide variety of different functions.
In 1959, the Schedel’s constructed what they referred to as the Shack along and between the 2 lakes in the lowland area. During the winter they spent most of their time traveling and in Florida so when they returned to Elmore for the summer, the Shack is where they spent the majority of their time. Like the Museum, the Shack also was furnished with items that the Schedel’s collected during their travels. This summer cottage has beautiful terra-cotta floors and cedar lined closets and features a very large bathroom with walk-in shower — quite uncharacteristic in terms of size for it’s day! Today the Shack is used for preparation by bridal parties prior to wedding ceremonies on the grounds. Also, a unique meeting space for smaller work retreats.
The Schedel’s oversized 4-car garage, was converted into what is now the Trellis Gallery in 2003. This gallery has become one of NW Ohio’s most unique galleries showcasing both professional and amateur regional artists. The facility is also available for intimate luncheons, meetings, church or social functions.