Grain Belt Brewery, 1215 Marshall Street NE, Minneapolis, Minnesota

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Grain Belt Brewery

View from Marshall Street in June 1952
View from Marshall Street in October 2013
Address: 1215 Marshall Street NE
Neighborhood/s: Sheridan, Minneapolis, Minnesota
Minneapolis, Minnesota
Hennepin County, Minnesota
State/province: Minnesota
Country: United States
Year built: 1891
Primary Style: Other
Additions: 1949, 1957, 2001
Major Alterations: Intact
Historic Function: Business
Historic Function: Industrial, Brewery
Other Historic Function: Industrial, Brewery
Current Function: Apartments/condominiums
Current Function: Offices, Studios
Other Current Function: Offices, Studios
Architect or source of design: Fredrick W. Wolff & William L. Lehle
Material of Exterior Wall Covering: Brick
Material of Roof: Wood Shingle
Material of Foundation: Stone
First Owner: Fredrick W. Wolff & William L. Lehle

Sheridan Minneapolis Hennepin County

Grain Belt Brewery, 1215 Marshall Street NE, Minneapolis, Minnesota
(44.999577° N, 93.269323° WLatitude: 44°59′58.477″N
Longitude: 93°16′9.563″W
National Register of Historic Places Information
Reference Number: 90000988
Primary Style: Romanesque Revival

The Grain Belt brewery complex began as the Minneapolis Brewing & Malting Company in 1891 that merged from four smaller brewers. The company was know for its beer made in Minnesota.



General Information

The Grain Belt Brewery Complex represents the historical period between 1891-1927. The building itself is a fine example of its Romanesque Revival style and was often referred to as a castle. The building allowed the company to increase its production immensely. The site is listed on the National Registry of Historic Places for its local historic significance. While it showcases Minnesota’s history and start, it also was significant for its technical advances.

Early History

The city of Minneapolis began through its large industries that were located on the river front. These industries began from the abundance of resources in the Midwest, including barley. Due to the rise in immigrant settlers, predominantly of German origin, barley was use to start the business of brewing. In the early1890s, four of the most successful brewers, Heinrich Brewing, Germania Brewing, Norenburg Brewing and Orth Brewing, combined their businesses to create the Minneapolis Brewing and Malting Company. The following year construction began. The company later changed its name to Grain Belt to reference the fact the product came from the Midwest which was also known as American’s grain belt or breadbasket.

Prohibition & Later Years

When prohibition went into affect the company changed to largely malted drinks, nevertheless the company took fall with its profits. After prohibition, Grain Belt became one of the top breweries nationwide. In the 1960s the complex enlarged to add Grain Belt Park. In 1969 the company expanded to New Ulm, Minnesota. The business was bought the next decade by Irwin Jacobs which was resold to G. Heileman Brewing Company. The city of Minneapolis later took over the property to protect the site and the water front.


The building was left vacant for about 30 years. Therefore in 1990 the building was renovated and added to by the firm RSP architects. The renovation included replacing structures with steel, extending floors and rehabilitating the main stairway. The brewery complex now houses the RSP offices, studios and the Hennepin County Library.

Buildings within the Complex

  • Brew House
  • Power Station
  • Wagon Shed
  • Grain Belt Offices
  • Bottle House
  • Warehouse
  • Railroad Spur

Memories and stories

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"Grain Belt Brewery Blueprints". 1890. University of Minnesota Northwest Architectural Archives, University of Minnesota, Minneapolis.


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