Kansas City, MO

The old historical Imperial Brewing Company has been abandoned for years and is on the market hopefully to be restored

CJ Coombs

Imperial Brewing Company Brewery.Photo by Mwkruse, CC BY-SA 3.0, via Wikimedia Commons.

Built in 1902, the Imperial Brewing Company pictured above is located at Interstate-35 and Southwest Boulevard in Kansas City, Missouri.

Beer making became a popular industry after the Civil War. The whole complex associated with the Imperial Brewery began in 1901 by architect and contractor Ludwig D. Breitag, a German immigrant.

Imperial Brewery was started in 1901 by investors from St Louis and local saloon owners. (Source.)

The signature beers produced by the Imperial Brewery were Mayflower and Imperial Seal. Back in 1902, production was up to 50,000 barrels per year. The site of the brewery was perfect because it used a nearby cave for storage and it was close to rail lines for delivery.

In 1905, Imperial Brewery experienced financial trouble and unfortunately had caved into involuntary bankruptcy. In the same year, conglomerate, Kansas City’s Breweries Company, purchased Imperial Brewery for $99,500 at an auction in addition to the mortgage. That figure would be worth about $3,268,903 today.

Going back to 1881 when Kansas became a dry state, that influence was trickling across the border into Missouri. The demand for beer was dropping and once Prohibition passed, production stopped. In 1919, selling beer became illegal.

Prohibition said goodbye to Imperial Brewing Co., and once abandoned, it became a flour mill.

In January 2017, The Kansas City Business Journal reported:

Lester Dean Jr. of Dean Realty Co., owner of the old Imperial Brewery Co. building, said it will cost $10 million to $15 million to complete its restoration. Dean said the building is now "broom clean" and has been looked at by a modern-day brewery, a hotel company and others. (Source.)

In 1919, the brewery was purchased by Seaboard Milling Company. Seaboard repurposed the building into a flour mill that operated until 1985. Some of the buildings and the icehouse were demolished when the building was repurposed into a flour mill. In 2007, Dean Realty took it over.

The building also appears to be listed as a 6.23-acre "Imperial Crossing" sale on the Copaken Brooks Commercial Real Estate site.

In 2011, the old brewery was certified by the National Historical Society. It will be interesting to see what renovations are finally in store for the historical building.

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