Granary Groundbreaking Scheduled

The Sturgeon Bay Historical Society Foundation (SBHSF) will break
ground on the Door County Granary restoration project Friday, Nov. 19,
2:30 pm, on location at 92 E. Maple St. on the West Waterfront. Local
dignitaries and project stakeholders will share remarks, and the public is
The SBHSF and City of Sturgeon Bay have been working to preserve
and restore the 1901 Teweles and Brandeis grain elevator. Now known
as the Door County Granary, the restored structure will serve as a
museum, cultural center and event venue. The building is on the
National Register of Historic Places for the role it played in agricultural
shipping and is believed to be the last structure of its kind still standing
on the Great Lakes.
“We are proud to have the opportunity to restore an iconic building that
had such an impact on Sturgeon Bay and Door County,” said Beth
Renstrom, SBHSF executive director. “Taking a once-functioning grain
elevator and being able to honor our agricultural heritage by creating a
museum and cultural center is a unique experience that will benefit the
community and visitors alike.”
The project team includes James Dallman and Grace La of LA
DALLMAN, based in Boston and Milwaukee; and Jeffrey Beane of
Beane Engineering, a Sturgeon Bay native and lead engineer. Beane has
been an associate with Silman, an award-winning firm in New York.
Greenfire Management Services of Wausau and Milwaukee is the
construction manager.
Fundraising for the project continues.
“We have work to do to complete our goal, but we are very encouraged
by the momentum we’re seeing,” Renstrom said. “The gifts we’ve
received to date allow us to move forward with confidence in the next
phase of this project. We are seeing a deepening understanding and
appreciation for the significance of this structure, both in terms of what it was and what it will be. We look forward to sharing the project with all who are interested in learning more.”