Findorff really is different when it comes to the extra value we bring to our client relationships, projects, and communities. That may include providing new insights derived from drone footage, helping strategize a company’s sustainability goals, or moving a 115-year-old tavern across the county and rebuilding it.
You read that right! Dubbed the “world’s slowest pub crawl,” Findorff recently dismantled a historic tavern and relocated it 27 miles north to Old World Wisconsin. The tavern, located in the Dodge County community of Old Ashippun since 1906, was operated by two generations of the Wittnebel family and will become part of a new brewing experience exhibit for the Wisconsin Historical Society.
For over a year, Findorff worked with a trusted team of subcontractors, the Town of Ashippun, Ashippun Fire Department, WE Energies, Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources, and the Wisconsin State Patrol to plan every aspect of the well-orchestrated move. Led by our experienced Special Projects Group, the historic building was divided into three large sections including – first floor, second floor, and roof. The sections were then loaded onto trailers with an 80-ton crane and later made the journey down Highway 67. Traveling at speeds from 10 to 35 miles per hour, Findorff crews and a caravan of semi-trailers, courtesy of Heritage Movers, took 95 minutes to complete the trip from Old Ashippun to Eagle, Wis.
How does a historic building like this get disassembled, moved down a major highway, and reassembled – in a way that preserves all the important elements? The answer involves careful precision. To see a time-lapse of the dismantling, relocation, and reconstruction, click here.
“We could not be more excited to see the tavern arrive on-site. We look forward to honoring the legacy of the tavern as we tell the story of brewing in Wisconsin,” said Old World Wisconsin site director Dan Freas. The historic tavern is the first historic structure moved to Old World Wisconsin in more than 25 years. Cheers to that!