Essex County

Hofer Brewery – Front Rd – Lasalle

Hofer Brewery under construction, January, 1928

I had an inquiry recently about this building, as it is one of the ones from the old site, that had images lost over the years. I had a quick look and dug up some photos of the place. As I have no notes to indicate the photos I had used back in 2011. The brewery was established in 1927, and local architect Nichols, Sheppard & Masson, were hired to design the building. Construction started in late 1927, and the building opened in 1928. There is a photo above from January, 1928, showing the building under construction.

Former Brewery, along Front Road, 1985

The brewery operated until 1945, when the industry consolidated many of the smaller breweries into the larger ones. The British-American Brewery in Windsor, The Hofer in Lasalle, and the Walkerville Brewery all disappeared during this industry consolidation. The photo above shows the building in 1985 when it was being used as a warehouse. There was at one point a smaller single story office slapped on the front of the building, which has since disappeared as well.

Former Brewery, 2006

The photo above shows the building back in 2006, it was last home to the county market, but I have no idea if that business is still operating, or what the building is used for today. It’s in great shape overall, however, and hopefully one day it will live a new life.

Have a safe and happy holiday season everyone! We’re going to take a few weeks off here at IM.com world headquarters. We’ll see you back here Monday January 6th.

Related posts
Essex CountyOld Photographs

Amherst Distillers Office - c. 1927

Essex County

Boblo Block House

Essex CountyLost WindsorOld PhotographsReader Submission

Blue Water Dance Pavilion - Tecumseh - c. 1925

Essex CountyLost WindsorReader SubmissionWindsor

Streetcar 351 - Still Around

Recent Comments:

  • jim mann on Great War Memorial – 1923: “$20,000 in 1923 is some major money. Also, it's interesting to see the old Rexall located where the new one…Feb 24, 11:47
  • Brian on Great War Veterans Association – Proposed Hall – 1919: “It looks like i"m really late to the game here, but super pumped that International Metropolis is back up and…Feb 22, 18:48
  • Keith Wilson on Hofer Brewery – Front Rd – Lasalle: “The building is now privately owned and used as a warehouse. I know the owner and can assure you the…Dec 31, 07:23
  • Matthew Revington on Lafontaine House – 395 Pitt St E: “The corner of Pitt and Mercer would put this almost dead centre in the lobby of the casinoDec 16, 18:06
  • Rob Shepley on St Bernard School: “To add insult to injury, the vacant land (formerly part of Long Park and St. Bernard School) appears that it…Dec 4, 16:52

1 Comment

Comments are closed.