bill6beers wrote:Bwis53 wrote:Why not keep it Union House and have a few photos and pieces of Union House's historical past, on the wall?
Perhaps you missed this in my original post:
"The 150 year-old bar and back bar are still there, looking fabulous in their old age. I also have the old historic photos that people keep stopping in to ask about. They're going back up on the walls. "
Two of these old photos are of the old Union House Hotel when it was on the site of the (now razed) gas station. The other (very large) photo is of 19th century Camp Randall.
The current building that houses the bar was built in the 1950s when they tore down the 100 y.o. hotel to build the gas station. The Esser family owned the hotel and built this building so they could save the old bar. The current building is poured concrete, very solid, and not all THAT historical. Still...the site is historical because of the old hotel and the remaining bar & backbar. I understand that the liquor license might be the longest tenured license, having never expired between any of the business transitions since 1858.
The old tavern was, at one time, known as Schulkamp's Corner Saloon when it was in the hotel...http://snurl.com/239sp or search for Union House at http://www.wisconsinhistory.org. It was called the Union House Hotel for much, but not all, of its life.
I changed the name to reflect the fact the this is a new incarnation of the tavern and people should not expect the same old Union House, exactly because of some of the vice and atmospheric issues people have alluded to. But the history remains. I hear there are 19th century bullet holes behind the mirrors.
The new name has historic Madison roots too. The Hausmann Brewing Co used to have a tap room in their malting facility on Sherman Ave next to the Tenney Park locks. The taproom was called The Malt House, and was very popular with UW students who rode the trolley out to the end of the line there to drink, as there was a prohibition on bars near campus. As a beer geek myself, and a lover of history, I wanted the new name to reflect brewing tradition.
Bwis53, come on over and share a glass with the old ghosts. You can almost feel their boots as they hit the old steel foot rail.
Best bar operator ever.
Oh no! Now pm will never go there! Heh.