I recently attended a ghost hunt at the fairgrounds, which you can read all about by clicking here, and before all of this started, I happened to look through some notebooks on display in the Coughran Schoolhouse building. Lo and behold, I came across this ticket (shown above) of a party going on at the old "Independence Hall" in 1854.
The real name for the Independence Hall, where this ball was going to happen, was the Reason House. The building was located at the southwest corner of the main four corners and was a wooden structure built only a year or so before this ball was to take place. The building burned in February, 1878, and it took two more years to replace it with a brick and stone structure that stood at that corner until 1937, when it was torn down by the Lansing Wrecking company in order to put in a gas station.
If you search in the box at the upper right hand corner, just below the header, on Commercial Hotel or Independence Hall or Reason House, you will find all sorts of articles, some with pictures, to read at your leisure.