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Holding court at the Grand Manse

Courtesy Grand Manse

You may approach the bench — and order a drink, in Lincoln’s former federal courthouse and post office.

Now called the Grand Manse, the imposing Beaux Arts Neoclassical  building, a block from the Haymarket district, serves many purposes.

In addition to event spaces that include the wood-paneled courtroom, the Grand Manse has 50 apartments (as well as several suites suitable for meetings), office spaces and a restaurant. Soon, its owners will add a rooftop deck on an adjacent, associated building.

“People like the courtroom because it is not your typical meeting space,” said Ashley Ziegenbein, who handles bookings. “It is an amazing room with all the woodwork and the ornate ceiling.”

The Jasmine Room, where mail was once processed, is not as ornate, but has a patio, an antique bar and high-definition projectors. The room seats 400.