about us

History

The Vantage ONB Tower was built in 1921 and served as the home of Ouachita National Bank for seventy years. The Bank opened as Ouachita National Bank Of Monroe, closed down during the depression for one day, and reopened as the Ouachita National Bank In Monroe.

One of the original tenants from 1921, Monroe's only city club is still located in the building. Through the years, the Tower has been home to the offices of Monroe's most prestigious business men including Congressman Otto Passman, Mayor Melvin Rambin, architect King Stubbs, Murray Hudson, John Mullens, Judge Paul Fink, R. L. Vanderpool, George Rorex, Ed Stinson, Carl Walker, Bob Downing, Harry Addison, George Moses, and many other prominent business leaders.

During the twenties and thirties the city club housed in the Tower was a casino, open twenty-four hours a day, and it was frequented by many important people including Governor Huey P. Long. During poker games famous at the time, deeds to plantations sometimes changed hands. Recently an old casino safe was discovered in the basement, and was determined to date back to the 1800s.

The Tower was 95% occupied until 1998, when the then owner Bank One sold the Tower to a private individual. During this short period of time, the Tower served in part as the Ouachita Parish Courthouse while the old Courthouse was being renovated.

Since the Tower is twelve stories tall, it is classified as a skyscraper and is the only high rise building in Northeast Louisiana to hold this title. The building materials that comprise the Tower include rare Japanese Teakwood walls and doors, walnut paneling, elaborate exterior sandstone ornamentation, Italian marble, rare gum tree doors, and concrete and masonry walls varying from sixteen to twenty two inches thick. The Tower has been continuously upgraded throughout the years, including the most recent renovations by Vantage Health Plan, Inc., the current owner.

why choose us?

For weddings and receptions, we offer the following amenities at the Vantage Tower Banquet Room:

Indoor Reception Area, Bride's Room, State-of-the-Art Lighting System, Tables & Chairs, Food Prep Room, Onsite Parking, Some Covered Parking, Wheelchair Accessible, and a Security Guard.

Capacity: 300

Our banquet room has a state-of-the-art programmable lighting system that includes multiple wall sconces and can accent lighting, as well as three beautiful chandeliers. This combination of lighting will allow you to set up various scenes to set the mood for your next event.

testimonials

The Vantage Building Banquet room was a great place to hold my wedding and reception. The layout and access of the room was great. The place is already beautiful without decorating. I could not have asked for better people to work with from the time I made the appointment to the day after the wedding to clean up, they were great. The room has a great lighting aspect that can be arranged to be changed throughout the night. I had different lighting for my wedding and my reception. The room also has a great DJ/Band setup through the sound system if needed. Depending on how you decorate, the room allows for plenty of room for guests and dancing. My guest had a great time and kept talking about how beautiful the room was. I highly recommend the Vantage Building Banquet room.

Amanda Gates

My husband and I were married May 17th, 2014. Earlier in the year we had been to a wedding reception held at Vantage and we knew without a doubt we wanted to celebrate our special day there too. We were not disappointed! Everything was wonderful, from the layout of the room, to having a kitchen and most importantly the kind and friendly people of Vantage who helped out. The one thing I had wanted at the reception was a light canopy over the dance floor and I was thankful that Vantage was on board with my idea and allowed us to see it through. We even had a technical moment with our lights and a member of their staff saved the day and was able to solve the problem. There were so many features of this room that we loved but one of our favorites was how we could adjust the lightening to fit the mood of the room and put a spotlight on the cakes. We also loved that it was downtown and easy for our guests to find. We had a wonderful time celebrating here and we know many other happy couples will enjoy it just as much as we did.

Morgan Aitken