Farewell to the Brühler Milchbar

The removal was about centimeters

To say goodbye to the milk bar on Saturday evening, there was a folk festival atmosphere at the Kaufhof in front of the barrier to Carl-Schurz-Straße. The Rhineland Landscape Association served free drinks and appetizers here. Musician Charly Manderscheidt played rock 'n' roll, the Beatles and something to chuckle. Herbert Poetes, who as chairman of the museum society at that time gave the director of the open-air museum, Josef Mangold, the impulse to preserve the milk bar, danced with Elke Feuster Jive.

Witnesses recalled.

Wolfgang Engel told us that he had secretly drunk the first mixed milk drinks with an alcoholic shot at the time of his death at 13 or 14 after school. The 47-year-old rocker Köbes Holz drove his bike ahead. At the last well-read landlord Mike Smith, he, his wife Brigitte and 20 other bikers, "we all drove Harleys", would have found a "spiritual home". He just had a heart for Outlaws. "Noise without end" a local resident scolded in the evening about the sound of the heavy machinery.

Marie Trimborn, who often spent hours with Mike Smith in her garden next door, also thought of the host, who wanted to organize many live rock concerts in his milk bar, as well as his last end of 2017 with "Birger Devil".

"The folk festival character and the many small stories show us that people are hanging on to the house. We will soon have something in our museum that is important to them," said museum director Josef Mangold. He did not want to talk about the cost of the move, only so much: the reserves for such projects are now depleted.

Time document from post-war Germany

How laborious the rescue of the milk bar as a document of the times from post-war Germany is, was once again made clear by the removal at night. Those who were wise secured a login place in Luigi Ottavio's Italian restaurant before the barrier. From there, the construction of two mighty cranes, and then the duet of the two crane guides Hans-Peter Vosen and Karol Matuszak, was best experienced.

Steel ropes lifted the building on a scaffolding of steel beams resting over the roadway of Carl-Schurz-Straße. The heavy goods vehicle drove in reverse under the floating package. A process that lasted for hours. Two questions were really exciting. Is the milk bar perhaps stuck to the neighbouring building when lifted? And: does the man from the Dekra really release the transport? 

Tables, chairs and pool table secured inside

Those who believed that the building had been emptied on the hook of the two cranes to the brickwork were mistaken. Tables, chairs and armchairs or the billiard table, which was placed in the much later constructed annex, have been fixed by the carpenters of the Swabian specialist company JaKo in such a way that even on a mountain trip nothing can slip, as with the ascent with 20 percent to the museum gate in Kommern.

In general, there is everything possible in the bar that could be of value for a later reconstruction, from the VHF roof antenna to the Reissdorf illuminated advertisement, umbrella or a fine-brindish stub broom. Towards the courtyard door there is even the keyboard with a multitude of keys that would have been a credit to a hotel. "Everything remains in an orignal state," said foreman Tobias Rosenstengel. 

Professionally packaged

The four carpenters of the Jako building monument maintenance from the Upper Swabian red on the red near Memmingen had already completed the last steps for loading the building package onto the heavy-duty vehicle on Friday. They screwed the nine-metre-long, steel double T-beams to five similarly strong beams, which span the building to 7.40 metres in width. The carpenters still fed wooden spaces between the floor and the steel, so that the screed could not still fall out when lifting. 

Otherwise, the milk bar was unrecognizable from the past, as it began the journey without a roof and professionally packaged. It had been stiffened all around with woods and panels. 

The transport package was calculated on a weight of 86 tons, Rosenstengel explained, and the crane operators actually measured 65 tons in the evening. Only, the building really should not have been one meter wider, then transport in one piece simply would not have been possible, according to the JaKo foreman.

Already now, the historic building core of the milk bar has exhausted the limited dimensions of Carl-Schurz-Straße to the last. Three trees had already had to give way to transport. Between trees and facades and in the narrow bend at the station, it was inches in the early morning. 

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