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Downtown building, home to longstanding Columbus brewery, is now for sale

Downtown building, home to longstanding Columbus brewery, is now for sale

Sav McKee

This is your chance to own a piece of history –  if you have $2.6 million laying around, of course.

The historic 1800’s Larrimer Building, nestled in the heart of Downtown, is for sale for the first time publicly since 1965. This 27,267 square foot building boasts stained glass, original mosaic floor, and what some would consider the best part: on the first floor, there’s a longstanding popular brewery.  

Elevator Brewery found its home in Larrimer Building in 2000, and they were dedicated to keeping the bar space as preserved as possible. This includes the intricate mosaic tiles, the antique pool tables, and the mahogany bar that won the blue ribbon for craftsmanship at the 1893 Columbian Exposition at the Chicago World’s Fair.


Don’t fret, though. Although the entire building is for sale, Elevator Brewery is staying put, according to their marketing manager, Julian. “It’s a selling point, actually,” Julian said. “We’re locked in, and we’re planning on staying, no matter who the next owner is.”

Even if the two floors above the brewery transition into 8,000 square feet of residential spaces or office spaces, Elevator is steadfast on remaining a part of this historical building. Yes, even though the building is extremely haunted. 

The Larrimer Building, built in 1890, is said to have been a brothel at one point in time that still served alcohol during prohibition. Legend has it that in the 1900’s, someone was murdered right by the clock that used to be in the building, too. Patrons of the tavern have sighted spirits and apparitions, according to local lore, and Elevator’s website also mentions that there are several myths attributed to the building throughout its one hundred plus years of existence, including ghosts. “Today, Elevator honors the rich history of the space,” their website says.

Photo via Elevator Brewery’s Website

In the late 19th century, the building housed Bott Brothers’ Saloon, and it was also the home of The Clock Restaurant, which operated between 1925 and 1994.

“The Larrimer Building stands as a testament to the city’s rich history and offers a unique opportunity for both preservation and redevelopment,” the real estate listing says.

We’re excited to see what the Larrimer Building becomes next!

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