Kamm and Schellinger Brewery
100 Center Street, Mishawaka
For nearly a century, a brewery flourished along Mishawaka’s St. Joseph River, at one time producing 30,000 barrels of beer a year as Kamm and Schellinger Brewery in a complex of buildings dating from the mid-1800s to early 1900s. After the brewery closed in 1951, developers adapted the site in the late ‘60s as 100 Center, a thriving complex of shops, residences, restaurants and businesses.
Beginning in the late ‘80s, 100 Center began losing tenants to newer malls. The historic boiler house, stables, and several other buildings in the complex have been repurposed, but the main building—a four-story brewery structure dating to 1853—is empty and dilapidated.
The Kamm and Schellinger Brewery is the last of a thriving industrial area along the Mishawaka riverfront and one of the area’s few remaining examples of pre-Civil War architecture. The brewery building’s solid masonry construction and significant local history merit rehabilitation. Residents share fond memories of the site from its 100 Center days and offer no shortage of ideas for new use, but a patchwork of ownership, shared parking, and a long list of code violations hamper the site’s redevelopment, and there is increasing pressure to demolish the historic building in favor of new riverfront construction.
Saving threatened buildings takes teamwork. You can be a part of that team. Reach out to local leaders. Let them know these buildings are important to you. And support state and local preservation groups.