It All Started Here
A Look At The History Of Walldorff
The Start Of Something Great
The history of the Walldorff Brewpub & Bistro building starts in 1866, when William Upjohn sold part of what came to be known as the “Empire Block” in downtown Hastings to William Barlow, John Goodyear and James Sweezy.
In the 1870’s the building was the Goodyear & Barlow store, but also had two ballrooms on the top floor that were used for community functions.
1880 - 1890
Public Event Hall
Historic insurance records indicate that the building housed a public event hall (including billiards and lunch room), and hardware, furniture, clothing, drug and grocery stores in the 1880s and 1890s.
Walldorff Furniture & Funeral
Milan Walldorff and Albert Renkes purchased part of the building in 1893 for their furniture and funeral business, which became Walldorff Brothers when Albert died in 1911 and Harry Walldorff joined his brother Milan in the business. Over the years the business was known as Walldorff & Son, and eventually as Walldorff Furniture.
1916 - 1950
Wallpaper, Telephone & Pharmacy, Oh My!
By 1916, the building also had a wallpaper store and offices, and provided warehouse storage. In 1928, the telephone company was using the building and Reed’s Drug Store started in the building in 1932, but became Gardner’s Pharmacy in 1952. A bank was located in the building during the decade of the ’50s.
1960 - 1990
Evolving Through the Ages
Other uses of the building included the C&B Discount Store in the 1960s, and The Cellar Corner Gifts and Gadgets store and the fuller Furniture Store in the ’90s.
The Walldorff Building has evolved throughout the ages, including the renovation in 1983 by Phil Walldorff that inspired the Barry County Historical Society’s presentation of its first Historical Building Award.
2006 - Present Day
Walldorff Brewpub and Bistro
In 2006, the Walldorff Building was completely revitalized to support yet another pioneering venture… The Walldorff Brewpub & Bistro, which was designed, built and now functions as a monument dedicated to continuing the aspirations of quality service and community activity.