By Paul Schmitt
The old Door County Coop granary building on Sturgeon Bay’s west side has been unanimously approved by the Wisconsin Historical Society for the State Registry of Historic Places. After a successful meeting in Madison on Friday morning, Christie Weber, president of the Sturgeon Bay Historical Society, says the next step is a National Register of Historic Places designation.
Weber says the granary building was among a number of other nominees reviewed by the State Historical Society Board for architectural and historical significance. A closely-divided Sturgeon Bay City Council extended the life of the structurally-challenged waterfront granary to the end of the year earlier this month after the Sturgeon Bay Fire Chief Tim Dietman issued a Notice of Emergency Action, after finding it unsafe for people to enter. Weber says now is the time for the granary building to get the respect it deserves.
Weber says experts need to be brought in to stabilize and secure the granary building and make it a monument to the agricultural history of Door County.
(L-R) Chip Brown (WHS) , Jim Drager (SHPO), Kelly Catarozoli (Sturgeon Bay Alderperson), Shawn Fairchild, Christie Weber, Bonnie Staatz, Marianne Ewig, Dan Collins, and Nancy Aten all members of the Sturgeon Bay Historical Society