Save the Blue Mountain Brewery (Building)!
You probably missed this story in the Oregonian yesterday. It details the fate of a 129-year-old building in tiny Union, Oregon (Southeast of La Grande), where one of the oldest buildings in the town is slated to get torn down.
Union's Main Street is lined with 40 picturesque Victorian-era homes and businesses, including an 1881 bank, a 117-year-old city hall, and a three-story red brick hotel built during the Roaring '20s. Those properties were added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1997.As you can see from the photo, it's not an architecturally fascinating building, but it has some rich history, not the least of which is its lineage in the annals of Beervana:
The bus barn is the former headquarters of the Blue Mountain Brewery. In the late 19th century, City Hall was next door and the jail occupied an adjoining building. The building was purchased by the school district in the 1950s and until about two years ago was used to garage school buses.Dunno about you, but if I were trying to save this building, I might dial the McBrothers. Perhaps a pub in a town of 2,000 doesn't make a lot of sense, but it would surely be a fitting way to save it. (Except, mayhap, for the elementary school that is immediately next door.)