MAR 2015 – Member Profile – The Mitten Building

#6 Mitten Bldg PictureThe Mitten Building providing extraordinary space for extraordinary events

A part of Redlands history, The Mitten Building is a step back into the elegance, of historic Redlands.

Built in 1890, the Mitten Building was originally one in a series of packing houses in Redlands. The brick structure remains untouched and speaks to the history of the building and industry. Stepping into the event center with its exposed rafters, beams and joists, visitors are transported into a graceful period of strength of structure. The all wood interior offers character and ambiance not found in sterile venues that tend to all look alike.

The multilevel interior invites people to move around, explore and mingle. Typically, the downstairs is set up as a reception area. Wrought-iron chandeliers descend from the Mitten’s 50-foot ceiling, and garlands entwined with twinkle lights run along every rail and banister. The mezzanine above has a beautiful narrow-slat maple floor, and its slender iron support beams are each flanked by two shiny brass lamps.

The Mitten Building’s Summerbell Ballroom, offers a more modern feel. Colored LED up-lights transform the walls. There’s also a granite-topped bar, a dance floor, and a lounge section with leather couch and bar tables. An adjoining patio provides an outdoor experience overlooking the garden.

Most recently The Mitten Building has opened for lunch, Monday through Friday, 11 AM to 2 PM. Overseen by executive chef Roberto Argentina, the restaurant offers sandwiches, soups, salads, and desserts. Complementing the menu, draft microbrew beer, handmade mixed drinks, wine and soft drinks are available. They bake all of their own breads each day and use local farmers whenever possible.

For your next special event, wedding or lunch date visit The Mitten Building at 345 North 5th Street in downtown Redlands. Call for more information, 909 793-1294 or log onto,