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SIOUX CITY | All the suds are long gone, but a building that once was home to Sioux City brewing companies now houses the offices of a local manufacturing company.
The Brewery building, at West First and Isabella streets, serves as home to offices for Soo Tractor Sweeprake.
The five-story brick building, noted for its clay bricks and large limestone arches on the exterior, still is known as home to breweries.
Built in 1907 by Interstate Brewing Co., several types of beers were brewed there before it closed in 1916 after Iowa had become a dry state. During the 1920s, the building housed the largest shipper of poultry west of Chicago.
After the repeal of Prohibition, the building again became a brewery, occupied by the Sioux City Brewing Co. from 1933 to 1958. In the 1960s and 1970s, a series of nightclubs operated at the property.
All Power Incorporated had used the building for manufacturing since the '70s and sold the property to Soo Tractor in the early 2000s. Soo Tractor's offices and main manufacturing facilities had been located next door since the 1960s.
After buying the property, Soo Tractor renovated the historic building's first floor to house the company's offices.
In a 2003 Journal story, Soo Tractor owner and president Allen Mahaney said the building's first floor was gutted, keeping large columns that ran through the floors. In one corridor, the columns were enclosed in the offices to create a uniform hallway. Mahaney said at the time that some of the sandstone in the arches was replaced as part of an upgrade of the building's exterior.
"It was more cost-effective to utilize this structure than it was to tear it down and move the electrical service," Mahaney said at the time. "That's the reason we kept this building. The building has worked out very well for us."