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Bozeman Brewery Wall Demolished

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Demolition of an historic building in Bozeman started on Wednesday. The building once was known as the Lehrkind Brewery more than 100 years ago.

Jon Gerster is the owner of the Lehrkinds Mansion Bed and Breakfast, located south of the old brewery wall.

"I think it's a failure of a historic reservation," said Gerster.

He said the wall is what keeps the brewery district, historical.

"The wall is the primary structure to the district," said Gerster.

In February, the city decided to tear down the brewery wall after an engineer deemed it was unsafe.

"We have a 40 foot building standing on such a weak base that the potential of it falling over is very likely," said Craig Gambrel, of H & H Earthworks.

Craig Gambrel is the job superintendent for the project. He said the main part of the building was held up by itself.

"Everything was built so long ago that everything has decayed itself," said Gambrel.

He said the biggest concern with tearing down the building is the nearby high voltage power lines.

"If you put anything within so many feet of these high power lines, it will shock you without even touching it," said Gambrel. "We have a four-foot gap between the top of the building and the top of the power lines."

Gerster said he hopes something else just as great will replace the building that has so much history.

Crews expect to have the project done in the next week or so.
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