Potential ideas for what to do with the Sturgeon Bay Teweles and Brandeis granary were on display at the Union Supper Pub on Saturday. The Sturgeon Bay Historical Society hosted the event that started at 3 PM and lasted over two hours.
The restoration team was revealed and they made presentations on what could be done with the granary. Jeff Beane is an engineer with Silman Structural Engineers, a company based in New York, who also grew up in Door County. Silman has restored many historical buildings throughout the country. Beane says the granary is in fair to good condition and can be restored. He was in Sturgeon Bay in August for an inspection and then went back to the granary in the days leading up to the event.
James Dallman is an architect at La Dallman, which is a Wisconsin-based company. He presented his ideas of how a restored granary could inspire civic pride as well as encourage practical use. Some of his ideas included attaching a visitor center to it, building a public plaza around it and putting in a sculpture garden. Dallman suggested putting a precise model of the granary in an exhibit in the visitor center.
Questions were asked to Beane, Dallman and Sturgeon Bay Historical Society Vice President Shawn Fairchild. Some concerns people had were about handicap accessibility and whether the granary could be heated and air-conditioned. The granary itself would not be heated or air-conditioned as they would like to keep it as close to how it was. It is unknown at this time how accessible it would be.