You could witness a twice-in-its-existence event on Friday when the Sturgeon Bay Historical Society Foundation breaks ground for the Door County Granary.
Originally built in 1901, the building formerly known as the Teweles and Brandeis Grain Elevator sat on Sturgeon Bay’s west side for over a century before it made two separate trips across the Maple/Oregon Street Bridge within the last five years. The organization is digging a new foundation for the structure before it gets placed back in its original location. From there the transformation from an old grain elevator to a new cultural center and event venue will take place. Since the Sturgeon Bay Historical Society Foundation’s efforts started the granary has earned a spot on the National Register of Historic Places and the architects for the revamp, LA DALLMAN, was awarded a Progressive Architectural Award in 2021. Fundraising continues for the project, which Executive Director Beth Renstrom says they have the confidence to move forward with the next phase of the project while acknowledging they still have work to do to reach their goal.
Friday’s groundbreaking ceremony will begin at 2:30 p.m. at the future construction site next to the Door County Maritime Museum and will feature local dignitaries and other project stakeholders. The public is invited to attend.