Worth Brewing

Worth Brewing opened at its new location in Northwood in February. Pictured is brewer/owner Peter Ausenhus.

NORTHWOOD — The rehabilitation of the IOOF-Erickson building in Northwood has won a Preservation at Its Best Award from Preservation Iowa for Worth Brewing Co.

Worth Brewing, owned by Peter Ausenhus and Margaret Bishop, moved from its original location across the street in February to an expanded brewery and tap room.

According to Preservation Iowa, “Northwood — a town with about 2,000 residents — had problem that many small towns in rural Iowa face — a vacant building in the historic downtown. In this case, it was The Odd Fellows-Erickson building.”

The two-story brick structure in the Italianate style was designed by J.L. Rood of St. Paul, who had also designed the nearby Worth County Courthouse.

When the rehab project started, the building was vacant. The roof and non-historic storefront were replaced to prevent further water infiltration and damage.

Many original elements were saved and restored, including the metal cornice.

Those surfaces were scraped, cleaned and painted.

The first floor of the Erickson Building was converted into the brewery; the first floor of the Odd Fellows building into the brewery Tap Room, and the second level Odd Fellows hall into an event center space.

Among items restored were wood flooring, wood bead board ceiling, tin ceiling and molding and two original entry doors, all of the original doors on the second level of the Odd Fellows and windows and doors on the second level of the Erickson Buidling.

Preservation Iowa is the statewide nonprofit historic preservation organization dedicated to advocacy, education and creation of partnerships that enhance the state’s 1economic and cultural future through the preservation of historic resources.

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