The 51 West Event Center building was built around 1890 and is part of the downtown Frankfort historic district. Located less than one block Southwest of the courthouse square, many local residents remember when it was the Coulter Smock Furniture store.
In the 1970's the building was converted into a "mini-mall" with multiple stores including a hair salon and doll shop. The Clinton County United Way later purchased the building and created a non-profit community services building.
In 2015 the building was again put on the market. Dr. Jill Snyder, a local dentist known for her downtown building rehabilitation envisioned restoring the historic building and creating a sophisticated, elegant event venue. An avid cook and ballroom dancer, she felt strongly that those using the facility for parties should be able to choose who prepared their food and that a large dance floor was a must.
Armed with sledgehammers, Dr Snyder, her brother Joe, her 3 sons and occasional other help began destruction of the office spaces in January 2016. 51 West event center opened with a wedding reception in March 2018 and is now known as the most elegant destination for weddings and events in Clinton County.