Nestled in the scenic background of the northern Idaho panhandle is the century old town of Post Falls, a neighbor to Coeur d’Alene. With the Spokane river and the greenery of the Kootenai mountains serving as the natural landscape, this small town got its start as the lumber milling center of the Inland Northwest, and remnants of that fascinating history still mark the city today. One of the most beautiful images of that history, and one of north Idaho’s hidden gems, is the Jacklin Arts and Cultural Center, or the “Old Church” as it was affectionately known by the city founders.
Today, the JACC is used primarily as an event center, hosting weddings and other event gatherings year-round on its beautiful, art-centered grounds. Here are five reasons we love the Jacklin Center:
1. It is listed on the National Registry of Historic Places, making it the perfect place to blend tradition with current trends. The classic church steeple and timeless arched windows mark the period of its architecture but also captivate guests with their beauty.
2. It is intimate, but versatile. With rooms suitable for as few as twenty and a maximum capacity of 150, it takes little effort to make the JACC feel like a welcoming atmosphere; but it also offers several options depending on the style and event each client dreams of. Gatherings can be in the art gallery, the celebration hall, the old courtyard, craft basement or the exhibition kitchen, with no end to the creativity that can be brought to each space.
3. It is an old church, which brings with it a special sentiment and history. As the main gathering place for the town of Post Falls until the early twentieth century, the building echoes of hospitality and celebration today in the same way it has done for decades.
4. It is affordable! Events at the JACC are naturally beautifully because of the venue, but they won’t break the budget. With packages starting as low as $39 per person, you can plan a beautiful event with personal touches for any budget.
5. Event revenue helps support the local arts and culture community. The late Duane Jacklin, along with his wife Susan, the building’s namesakes, were Post Falls residents committed to restoring and preserving the building for future generations. In an effort to honor the Jacklin’s enduring commitment to the arts in northern Idaho, a portion of proceeds goes back into to the community to support programs with like-minded missions.
all photos courtesy Creatively Yours Photography