Friedhof Department Store

| 1270 27th Street 
| Columbus, NE

Built for $65,000 by Theodore Friedhof and partner Mr. Phillips featuring ornate stained glass and interior gothic details highlighting Friedhof’s German Heritage

Purchased by George Schweser and sons Fred G. and Harold in 1929.

Schwesers operated for 135 years—nearly 87 at this location—before closing in early 2016 along with 19 other Nebraska locations.

Now an event venue with several gathering areas including an open-for-regular-business cocktail bar, the building boasts historic beauty around every corner and has been maintained to retain its classic, original charm. Grabe and Hellenberg Architects were hired by the building’s namesake to design the structure to serve Columbus’ dry goods needs. The craft of architecture and carpentry in construction during that era was bar none of the best in quality, and style. The renovation and restoration of this space were performed with care to pay homage to the integrity of the style of this vintage building.

Since purchasing the building in 1929, at least three generations of Schwesers had owned and occupied the building. The Schwesers started the business in 1880 in David City, Nebraska. Son Fred aimed to follow JCPenney’s lead as a retail model and did so at this location for over 85 years.

The perfect place for your company party, wedding reception or to take in some live music!

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