100 Years Old: Lanhuck’s Bar

1914 appears in the parapet in an Arts and Crafts font
“1914” appears in the parapet in an Arts and Crafts font

Lanhuck’s Bar, torn down Thursday, didn’t get the chance to celebrate its 100th birthday, but we’ll spotlight it in our Century Club nonetheless.

The building at the corner of Columbia and Governor was built by the F W Cook Brewing Co. Breweries would often own or build saloons to sell none other than their own beer. The 2-story brick building was designed by Frank J Schlotter and had a cafe and kitchen on the 1st floor and several bedrooms and a bath on the 2nd floor. George Geier operated the saloon and lived upstairs.

The Home Realty Company (the real estate arm of Cook’s Brewery) began construction in the summer of 1914. The brickwork was done by September and the building was completed in December 13, 1914. (Note the Arts and Crafts numbering in the parapet)

Article from Jul 5 1914 announcing the new building
Article from Jul 5, 1914 announcing the new building

George Geier operated his saloon here for several years until it was closed because of Prohibition.

Around 1935 L L Conia opened a restaurant in the old building

1936 ad for Conia's Restaurant
1936 ad for Conia’s Restaurant
Aerial view 1947 with Gaier Saloon in green
Aerial view 1947 with Gaier Saloon in green.  Delaware School can be seen in the upper left, and the old fire station of Hose House 10 is at lower right.

Over the years it served a variety of concerns including Lee’s Tavern, Hen House Tavern, Reinie’s Tavern, Colonial Bar, and Russ’s Tavern.  Around 1967 it became Peg’s for Singers and Swingers. Lanhuck’s opened in 1983 and had occupied the old building until its demise this week.

Lanhuck's shortly after opening 1983
Lanhuck’s shortly after opening 1983

A car crash Monday damaged the front which finally collapsed Wednesday. An emergency raze order was issued putting the building out of its misery just short of its 100th birthday.  It’s always sad to see a historic building go, especially when it’s well used.  R. I. P. Lanhuck’s!

Francis Pharmacy


Francis Pharmacy
Francis Pharmacy at Stringtown and Tennessee

Before giants like CVS and Walgreens took over, little neighborhood pharmacies were located all over the city. Francis Pharmacy was an old neighborhood pharmacy serving the northeast side. Originally in an old corner store at Stringtown Rd and Cleveland Ave (later renamed Tennessee St),  the pharmacy was one of several run by Naborhood Drugs. It served a rapidly growing part of town so much so that a larger more modern building was desired.

Architect's sketch of the new Francis Pharmacy
Architect’s sketch of the new Francis Pharmacy

A handful of old buildings along Stringtown were razed.  The trapezoid lot allowed for maximum frontage along Elliott St, Stringtown Rd, and Tennesee St.  The one-story building designed by Jack R Kinkel featured plate glass in aluminum.  The pharmacy operated in the corner store until the new structure was completed, at which time it was razed for off-street parking.

Construction began in summer 1953 and it was completed by December.  A formal grand opening was held February 12 and 13, 1954.

Grand opening flyer Francis Pharmacy
Grand opening flyer Francis Pharmacy–check out the 9¢ floats!

Francis Pharmacy served the surrounding area for decades. It was still around 90s but met its fate just as long-time pharmacies like Sandleben’s and Stratmans finally succomed to the big players. Since its closing, the building has served a variety of concerns since but presently is Northpoint Tobacco.

Francis Pharmacy had a soda fountain and was air-conditioned
Francis Pharmacy had a soda fountain and was air-conditioned
Entrance of Francis Pharmacy
Entrance of Francis Pharmacy

More on Francis Pharmacy at HistoricEvansville – http://historicevansville.com/site.php?id=francispharmacy

Southern Indiana Civil War Roundtable

roundtableThe Southern Indiana Civil War Roundtable will meet this Thursday, May 15th, at 7:00 p.m. at the Fraternal Order of Police lodge at 801 Court Street in downtown Evansville. The meeting with feature a presentation from Joshua Claybourn on the Sons of Union Veterans of the Civil War (SUVCW).

The SUVCW is a fraternal organization dedicated to preserving the history and legacy of heroes who fought and worked to save the Union. “As legal heir to the Grand Army of the Republic, the SUVCW provides fascinating insight into post-Civil War fraternities and their efforts up to the present day,” said Claybourn. “This presentation will cover the history of the G.A.R. and SUVCW, along with their modern efforts to preserve Civil War history.”

The Southern Indiana Civil War Roundtable is open to anyone interested in learning more about the U.S. Civil War. Meetings are held on the third Thursday of each month at the Evansville F.O.P at 7:00 p.m.

Joshua Claybourn is a local attorney and author. He currently serves on the board of the Newburgh Plan Commission, the Vanderburgh County Historical Society, and is a national officer of the SUVCW. He is also a past President and Trustee of Evansville Vanderburgh Public Library and a past board member of the Evansville Museum of Arts, History and Science.

Then and Now: Maple Manor

Maryland St, 3000 W
Bockstege Residence c1920

Here is the old Bockstege home located on West Maryland St.  The name appears on the pediment of the wrap around porch.  From atop the West Mayland hill, the house made of buff brick commands a view of the city.


Maple Manor 2000
Maple Manor 2000

Here is the same house today, now as Maple Manor Apartments.  The porch has been enclosed, no doubt to make for more rental units.  Much of the original detail of the building remains including the tile roof.  One has to wonder what the inside now looks like?

Bockstege residence on Historic Evansville.com – http://www.historicevansville.com/site.php?id=maryland3000w