Mangold Creative breathes new life into vacant Masonic Temple
Marketing firm has outgrown Waukesha location

By Katherine Michalets - Special to The Freeman

Oct. 24, 2014

 Heather and Mike Mangold, owners of Mangold Creative, outside the historic Masonic Temple at 126 N. Main St. in downtown Pewaukee. The couple intends to renovate it for office space for their growing marketing firm.  
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PEWAUKEE - When Heather and Mike Mangold decided to put a purchase offer in on the historic Masonic Temple in downtown Pewaukee, it was as if the structure never existed, because as a nonprofit always owned by the Masons, the 1924 structure didn’t have a tax key.

With a growing marketing business, the owners of Mangold Creative felt it was time to expand into a larger space and they were drawn to the vacant Masonic Lodge at 126 N. Main St. this past spring. The sale closed Oct. 9 after the Mangolds received village approval for renovation work and made sure their financial ducks were in a row, business founder Heather Mangold said.

She said the building is undergoing a complete overhaul. The interior furnishings and fixtures are a mix of items from the 1920s,1960s and 1970s.

“There are going to be some elements that we are going to embrace,” Mangold said, adding that their style tends to lean modern. “We are going to try and meld the new with the old items.”

Some of the older fixtures that Mangold loves are the moldings and hardwood floors discovered when the shag carpeting was removed.

“The new stuff we are adding will complement the old history as well,” she said.

 With abundant natural light and unique architectural details, the upstairs of the former Masonic Temple at 126 N. Main St., Pewaukee, will be transformed into office space for Mangold Creative. 
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Mangold Creative has six employees, including the owners, in a 1,100-square-foot leased space in Waukesha. When the business moves into its new home in Pewaukee, there should be eight employees, Mangold said.

In the four years since she started the marketing business in her living room, Mangold said, she has been blessed with growth.

“The past four years have been really amazing,” she said.
 

Plenty of room on both levels

The former lodge has nearly 3,000 square feet of office space on the upper level and a large multi-purpose space on the lower level.

“The beauty of the multipurpose area is all of the options it has for Mangold Creative, our clients, our colleagues and the business community at large - be it seminars, strategic planning meetings, business events, or photo video/studio space,” Mike Mangold said in a statement.

Area residents can tour the structure’s interior via a video posted on Mangold Creative’s website, http://mangoldcreative.com/building-renovation-tour.

The building’s exterior will get a fresh look, Heather Mangold said, with the solid brick front being replaced by a balcony and 12-foot glass patio doors.

 Once renovated, the large multi-purpose area on the lower level of the former Masonic Temple in downtown Pewaukee will be used for seminars, strategic planning sessions and photo and video shoots for Mangold Creative.  
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The goal is to make the building appear less institutional and more welcoming, she said. Other existing windows will be replaced with energy-efficient versions.

“I think you have to have a vision for it. We are excited about it,” Heather Mangold said about the large project. “We are more ‘hey, what could this be?’”

    The former Masonic Temple on Main Street in Pewaukee is being transformed into office and meeting space for marketing firm Mangold Creative, which plans to move into the building by
mid-2015.

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“We’re excited to see new ownership of a property that has sat vacant for several years, and are pleased that Mangold Creative will help in continuing to make the village of Pewaukee a fantastic place to work and live,” Village Administrator Scott Gosse said in a statement.

Construction on the building should be complete in mid-2015.

www.mangoldcreative.com