A new event space in downtown Brownwood is preserving a piece of Brownwood history and giving Brown County residents a fresh option for weddings, reunions, socials, mixers, parties and activities.   

The Vault is still under renovation, but has begun hosting groups in its 1,900 square-foot indoor space already. When it’s done, The Vault owner James Galloway said the space will include a catering kitchen, restrooms and an outdoor patio space totaling about 4,000 square feet.   

Galloway lives above The Vault in an apartment, where he moved over 2 years ago. Galloway purchased the entire building in September and began renovating the open downstairs area in October.    

Originally, The Vault was the home of the Coggin, Ford and Martin Bank, an elaborate 19th-century structure. The bank’s vault is still intact, a tiny room at the rear of the venue that Galloway is converting into the kitchen. There is a trace of original bank wallpaper left hanging on the stone wall inside it, which Galloway plans to frame and preserve. He even has some original safety deposit boxes.   

So far, Galloway has installed wood paneling around the windows and front door, hung string lights, replaced some missing brick, painted the interior columns and sealed the stone wall so its grout won’t chip.   

“I’ve done a lot of work to it in three months, because it wasn’t anything like this,” he said. “It wasn’t even close.”   

Galloway said his tenant, a wedding coordinator, had the idea to turn the space into an event venue. Galloway was originally going to make it an apartment, but kept receiving inquiries about it. “People just started calling and asking if they could rent it out,” he said. “So I was like, alright, let’s do it.”   

Although Galloway hasn’t been advertising the unfinished space yet, a few events have already taken place. “I’ve had a couple of wedding rehearsals coming in, and the chamber of commerce had a breakfast in here,” he said. “And I had a couple of baby showers in here, and people rent it out for their kids’ birthday parties.”   

Galloway hopes to have the space finished within the next several months. To enquire about rates or scheduling, Galloway said the best way to contact the venue is on its Facebook page, The Vault.   

The Vault is located at 113 E. Baker St. in Brownwood.