By Sturgeon Bay Historical Society
The Sturgeon Bay Historical Society thanks all who contributed to the successful relocation of
the historic Teweles and Brandeis granary on March 29, 2018. The 117-year-old structure,
weighing 160 tons, was hydraulically propelled on dollies across Sturgeon Bay’s Oregon-Maple
Street bridge, arriving at its new location, on the corner of Oregon and First Avenue at
approximately 10:30 a.m.
According to Sturgeon Bay Historical Society president Christie Weber, “Moving a structure of
that size over the bay was no easy feat. Thanks to the professionalism and collaboration of all
involved, the effort couldn’t have gone more smoothly. The Historical Society has many people
to thank for this.”
The granary, which is listed on the State and National Register of Historic Places, had been
scheduled for demolition to make way for future development on Sturgeon Bay’s westside
waterfront. In what Weber describes as a “hail Mary” move, it is now located on the City’s east
side, in the Shipyard Development complex. Weber thanks Peter Moede, managing partner of
Shipyard Development, for his commitment to historic preservation. When the SBHS
approached Moede to discuss the possibility of a restored granary adding value to his
waterfront development, he agreed that the idea was intriguing.
Weber reports that the SBHS and Moede have had preliminary conversations and will be
working on a plan that will then go before the City Council for approval as part of the Shipyard
PUD (Planned Unit Development).
The Sturgeon Bay Historical Society looks forward to keeping the public informed of its
progress. “In the space of three weeks, we arranged for the purchase of the building, prepared
the reception site and moved the building so that Kiesow Construction could meet its contract
with the City to have the old granary site cleared, the foundation filled and debris removed.
Now we can turn our attention to the future.”
Key to future plans is retaining the structure’s historic significance and keeping the structure
open to the public.
Weber stated, “Our goal is to keep national historic register listing, if possible. Context is critical
to this. The fact that there were once two granaries on the eastside waterfront will be helpful.
Also, the fact that the Shipyard Development’s warehouse-style architecture is similar to the
granary is a plus. Ideally a structure stays in its original location, but if this one had to move, this
is a good fit.”
Moede, who has extensive experience developing and repurposing historic structures in the
Milwaukee area, has had his work recognized by the Milwaukee Historic Preservation
Kelly Avenson, SBHS secretary, says, “We envision a professionally restored landmark that
draws people to our community, helps tell our unique story and brings economic vitality to the
neighborhood and the city as a whole.”
A banner hanging on the front of the granary reads, “A new spirit of cooperation.” Avenson
explains, “While getting the granary ready for the move, we discovered an old DC Co-op food
bag with those words printed on it. We felt it was a fitting sentiment for the granary’s future.”
As plans progress, SBHS will be raising additional funds. According to Weber, “We appreciate
that so many people have offered to help. We are committed to doing this right and to
involving as many people as possible in the successful restoration.” The group hopes to have
the structure open to the public in 2019.
The Sturgeon Bay Historical Society thanks the following individuals, businesses and agencies
for the important part each played in the move: Shipyard Development; the City of Sturgeon
Bay emergency, fire and police departments and other City staff; Kiesow Construction;
DeVooght Houselifters; Drury Designs; Citizens for Our Bridge; Door County Community
Foundation; Bodart Electrical; Wisconsin DOT; U.S. Coast Guard; National Trust for Historic
Preservation; Wisconsin State Historical Society; American Transmission Corporation; Dave’s
Tree Service; Rass Excavating; Allin Walker and Cathy Grier; Bill and Betty Parsons and Mike
Kelsey; Lola’s Restaurant; and all the many donors and supporters who are working to preserve
Door County’s history.