By Tim Kowols
The Sturgeon Bay granary building may be the next challenge Pat Drury from De Pere-based Drury Designs takes on in his quest to save local history. Drury Designs already has a portfolio full of similar projects, including granaries in Reedsville and Ledgeview. Inspired by the demolishing of Kopp’s Restaurant, Drury says he hates communities tearing down historic buildings that could be saved and believes the Sturgeon Bay granary should be too.
Drury admits there were structural integrity issues when he was last in the building in 2014, but he cannot estimate the further problems with the granary and potential solutions until he and structural engineers are allowed back inside to check it out. If the city and Sturgeon Bay Historical Society can agree on a project, an anonymous donor through the Door County Community Foundation has pledged $1.25 million to rehabilitate and maintain the building.