The Tewels and Brandeis grain elevator was built on Sturgeon Bay’s west side was built in 1901 where it stayed for 117 years. The Sturgeon Bay granary has stood in Sturgeon Bay, Door County, Wisconsin for a long time though some of the most memorable moments in this buildings history have happened in the past two years. In that time it has become a symbol of polarization and divisiveness in almost a partisanship way. On one side of the debate there are those who state that the granary is an eyesore, a waste of money, and should be torn down. The other side lauds the history of the structure and would like the building to be saved and renovated. Like most politics of 2019, comments sections of local news media are riddled with arguments as locals take sides and make their opinions known.
One of the agreements to keep the structure around involved moving it to a new location to make room on the city’s west side for development. So on March 29, 2018, it was moved across the Oregon Street bridge to the east side of the bay. The debates over the building’s future did not end there and less than a year later, in early 2019, the granary was evicted from it’s east side home (as the small town rumor goes) and another move was needed. That move happened in June 2019.
I wasn’t able to get any photos of the granary’s first move, but I was sure to head down to the waterfront to watch this move. I walked to a few different locations and even sent my drone up for an aerial view. I must say, it was pretty cool to see Devooght House Movers move this big building across the bay. Their expertise was very impressive.
Here are some of the photos I took of the move..