By Tim Kowols
Restoring Sturgeon Bay’s granary will not be easy if not impossible if it is dismantled as approved by the Common Council last week. The Sturgeon Bay Common Council voted 4-3 last week to dismantle the granary and store it for up to one year while private organizations gather proposals to rebuild it at a later time. Pat Drury from Drury Designs is working with the Sturgeon Bay Historical Society on the potential project and has reconstructed granaries before, but says doing it here would be expensive.
Drury believes the council’s action puts the granary on the fast track to being taken down and forgotten. In his opinion, it would be easier and more cost effective to move the structure over, make the necessary repairs to the granary’s foundation, and place it right back where it was. The Sturgeon Bay Historical Society had close to $1.4 million available for the restoration of the granary if it could agree on a project with the city, but now it could be the city that is responsible for the dismantling and storage costs.