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Saying Goodbye to History
CEDAR RAPIDS, IA (CBS2/FOX28) Even though local historians and preservationists likely wont be able to save the Hach Building in the New Bohemia District, theyre making sure they remember the role it played over its more than 100 year history.
As Carson Carpenter fishes off the side of the 16th Avenue Bridge, just a few hundred feet away from the Hach Building, the remembers the saloon on the first floor where he used to get cheese burgers with his father decades ago.
He says he can almost still taste them.
"The kind of stuff like that you miss, because they used to do it the old fashioned way, by hand, said Carpenter.
"This is the P. Hach beer-bottling house when it was originally built in 1901 so they had to find a way to get the beer bottles in and out of the basement, explained Cedar Rapids Historian Mark Stoffer Hunter while standing near the open stairway leading to the basement below the building. Only two hastily nailed blocks of wood prevent someone from entering.
Mark says the bar on the corner is the only one with that type of door still intact. Around the front of the building is another piece of Cedar Rapids history.
"What's really of special importance is the nameplate on the top that indicates the original owner of the building, Peter Hach, said Stoffer Hunter.
Back when the now-rundown buildings around the Hach building were bustling, It meant everything to have your name on your building, said Stoffer Hunter. You staked your family name on your business."
Robert Hach Jr.s family building the buildings, so he knows something about that family pride.
He says he grew up hearing stories about his descendants who built the building, and how their bottling factory were among the first distributors of Budweiser beer outside of Missouri.
"That' why I've told my son the stories, said Hach. Some of them he's heard multiple times, but just so he understands that family tree."
He plans on being at the building when the name plate is removed and given to his family.
"This building hasn't been in our family for many decades but this is where it all stared for our family in Cedar Rapids, said Hach.
Save CR Heritage is planning a Show of Love event for the building in the days before its taken down.
"It's just a chance for the community to show that they feel strongly about preservation, said Save CR Heritage President Beth DeBoom.
So even if the building cant be saved, people forget what stood in a place so we want to add to the permanent record, said DeBoom.