Augusta, MO

A peek at the past in Augusta, Missouri: the Mindrup House-Store built in 1860 is now the Hoffman Hostel

CJ Coombs
Mindrup House-Store, May 2016.Photo byJon Roanhaus, CC BY-SA 3.0, via Wikimedia Commons.

The Mindrup House-Store is a historic home and store located at 5543 Water Street in Augusta, Missouri (St. Charles County). This three-story structure was built around 1860. The property was acquired by Hoffman Commercial Real Estate in 2021. Visit here to see what it looks like now — it’s nearly completed.

The first floor contained the store and on the floor above was the residence. In 1890, a two-story brick addition with a two-story gallery porch was built. 

On January 20, 1995, this building was added to the National Register of Historic Places (NRHP). It’s also associated with the Multiple Property Document Form (MPDF), categorized under Historic Resources in Augusta, Missouri, and linked with German-American culture from Augusta (1833–1944).

At the time the building was nominated for the NRHP, it was privately owned. There’s no particular architectural style associated with this structure. The foundation is stone and the walls are brick and weatherboard. The building features fachwerk construction. “Houses built using German fachwerk technology have their own distinctive features. On the facade, due to the combination of beams and rafters, unique frame structures are formed.” (Source.)

Due to the Missouri River flooding in 1993, the ground floor to the south was exposed. This historic building is the only one that has survived by the riverfront. It used to be one of the main hotels and saloons in that area. 

George H. Mindrup

Supposedly, George H.Mindrup came to Augusta in 1875. After he left Germany, he came to St. Charles County in 1849. He was a saloon keeper. He was also listed as being engaged in farming according to the 1850 federal census. 

The lot on which the building stands now was purchased on March 6, 1852. Mindrup was a grocer who lived with his wife and children born in Missouri. At one point, Mindrup was a County Court Judge, a role he served for four years.

According to the NRHP nomination form, Mindrup’s wife’s name was Katharina Francisca. According to the Find-a-Grave website, her name was Anna Catharina Orf Mindrup. She died in October 1851 at the young age of 27. 

According to Find-a-Grave, in 1852, Mindrup married his late wife’s sister, Franziska Orf Mindrup who lived until August 3, 1915, at age 87. There were several children born out of both marriages. Mindrup died on September 25, 1875, at age 54. His estate included real estate, and an inventory of wine and liquor. In 1920, the property was still in the name of his widow. 

Mindrup was a grocer, saloon keeper, and hotel keeper. His building had various uses. The Mindrup House-Store was a popular place during the trade period, especially being located close to the Missouri riverfront and train depot.

In 1891, after railroad tracks were put in on Water Street, the hotel and saloon did very well. Train travelers benefited from the services offered to them. Without the train depot activity and loss of commercial properties, the Mindrup House-Store is the only historic property left along the rail line. It’s a remnant of what used to be a busy commercial property. 

The house-store today

The property was acquired by Hoffman Commercial Real Estate in 2021 and is now known as the Hoffmann Hostel.

The Hoffmann Hostel offers overnight accommodations to bikers and hikers traveling along the Katy Trail, conveniently located next to the Kickstand Katy Trail, Augusta location at the Augusta trailhead. (Source.)

David and Jeri Hoffman have invested millions in and around Augusta, Missouri to transform it into a wine destination. Visit the Mid Rivers Newsmagazine for the latest updates in Augusta developments.

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