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Richter Brewery


The Richter Brewery, also known as the Delta Building, is a commercial building located at 1615 Ludington Street in Escanaba, Michigan. It was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 2009.[1]

The Richter Brewing Company was organized in Escanaba in 1901.[2] The company immediately hired a Milwaukee firm to design the building.[3] Construction of the Richter Brewery proceeded from 1900 into 1901,[4] and the Richter Brewery began manufacture in early 1901.[2] Building and equipping the brewery cost $40,000.[3] It was the second brewery in Escanaba.[5] Over the next few years, additional buildings were constructed, including a keg house, office building, bottling plant, ice house and stable.[6] All but the 1915 office building were demolished in 1929.[6] The brewery closed at the beginning of Prohibition, and it was sold in 1925.[2] The building was then used to manufacture non-alcoholic beverages.[4] At the end of Prohibition, it was sold to the Delta Brewery Company.[2] The building was again used to brew beer[4] until the Delta Brewing Company went bankrupt in 1940.[2]

The building remained vacant until the late 2000s.[7] The building was purchased in 2008 with the intention of renovating it into loft apartment space;[4] it was split into fifteen loft apartments and three ground-floor commercial spaces.[8] As of early 2012, the renovation was nearly complete, with 9 apartments leased and one of the three commercial spaces filled.[9]

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