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Butapub / The Historic German House

Butapub / The Historic German House


Factoids

  • The home of ButaPub was originally built in 1908 for a cost of $33,000 as St. Boniface Parish Hall. It was designed to be a gathering space and performance venue from day one.

  • Boniface Hall was sold to The United German-American Societies of Rochester in 1924, giving the building its well-known name, The German House.

  • Rohrbach Brewing Company, Rochester’s oldest craft brewery, started in the German House in 1992 and stayed there until 2002.

  • The current owners have worked hard to restore some of the unique and original features including: uncovering cool arches in the wall, exposing the original tin ceiling, and removing some nasty carpet.

  • Staff have reported what sounds like old music playing from the unused speakers and glasses breaking in the empty ballroom. The eeriest of all is the bell tower. On more than one occasion a light has been seen coming from it when no one has been up there.

  • The German House has served as a venue space for a variety of uses, from basketball games to movie screens, and even the Master Magician William The Great (see 1935 Democrat & Chronicle clipping below). His specialty was sawing a woman in half. Another stunt involved driving a spike into a man’s skull.



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