Vogelsang Building Rosenberg | Historic and Multi-Use
The Vogelsang Building Rosenberg is a prominent landmark building in downtown Rosenberg. It functions as a multi-use establishment offering visitors a chance to shop, dine, see a theatrical show and even relax in Rosenberg’s only wine room.
My husband and I spent some time exploring this historic building a few months ago. It is within a block of the Rosenberg Railroad Museum which we also visited that same day.
A Texas Historical Medallion is affixed to the front of the building. This is what is inscribed upon it:
Built in 1910 by Jacob Gray, this building was leased by Louis A. Vogelsang (1874-1961) in 1916 for his general merchandise business. Vogelsang bought the property in 1922, and continued to operate his store at this site until 1947. The early commercial building features brick construction with simple corbelled cornice, segmented-arch upper windows and shop-front lower windows and doors. Painting of bricks highlights the hood molds, bands, and cornices. Recorded Texas Historic Landmark – 1986”
The first thing that we did was to get an overview of what was contained within this large structure. Much of it in the central part of the premises is filled with all types of merchandise for sale ranging from antiques to 1950s memorabilia, furniture and so much more.
Browsing through places such as this is like taking a trip down memory lane! At least it is for those of us with a few birthday years which seem to accumulate so very fast.
My maternal grandmother was an excellent seamstress and made some special dresses for me when I was a child. I can vividly remember standing on the kitchen table as she pinned up the hemlines prior to sewing them. Click here if you are interested in seeing what she created using old men’s underwear buttons. Yes…men used to have buttons on their underwear!
Believe it or not I remember my parents old telephone number when I was a child in the 1950s. It was Logan 73108. I have fond memories of those days growing up in the countryside of Wisconsin.
Rag dolls were certainly a part of my memories as a child and my very first camera was a Kodak Brownie. Cameras have come a long way since those days but it was fun to see that some people still obviously like collecting them.
Seeing the old ice skating shoes for sale brought back memories of early days learning from my Dad how to ice skate on Okauchee Lake in Wisconsin. I was a neophyte and never became proficient since my family moved to south Texas when I was a teenager.
Downstairs and on the right hand side of the Vogelsang Building is the area where BR Vino is located. This is the only wine bar in all of Rosenberg at the time of this writing. Offered are a sizable number of boutique wines as well as craft style beers plus beers originating from Europe.
Fine art is hung on the walls. The artwork is changed out quarterly. It is a wonderful space for artists to gain exposure for their art and make sales.
On one wall in the front room of BR Vino is shelving where the Brazos River Provisions have their displays of homemade jams, jellies and salsas all of which are made in house. They even have a sample area where people are invited to taste many of the offerings prior to purchasing them. That is a nice touch! It undoubtedly helps to boost sales.
On the left hand side of the Vogelsang Building downstairs is where the Ol’ Railroad Cafe is located.
We decided to take some time out of our day and grab a bite to eat. We happened to be there on a Sunday when they were serving brunch from 10AM until 3PM. Mondays they are open from 11AM until 2PM. Tuesdays to Saturday the Ol’ Railroad Cafe hours are 11AM until 9PM.
I would like to go back sometime on a Tuesday when they offer “Two-For Tues. Burgers.” Looking around they seemed to be a popular choice and would be quite a bargain if ordering them on that day of the week.
The theater is located upstairs in the Vogelsang Building. There is a lobby of sorts where people can mingle prior to seeing the show.
There is a sign on an easel in the upstairs lobby from BR Vino. It instructs people that “Wine and beer are allowed in the theater during the play!”
More antiques and collectibles can be found upstairs.
It was so much fun finding out about this historic building in Rosenberg which is still owned by the grandson of the original owner. There are interior passageways between the different entities within the Vogelsang Building which encourages browsing and discovery.
If the timing is right, where else can you spend your time in just one building and shop, have lunch or dinner, attend a theatrical performance and round it off with sipping some vino from a boutique winery? It can be a real destination point!