Brummer Legacy Foundation fundraising kickoff

Monday, March 8, 2021

The Brummer Legacy Foundation will host a Chamber Coffee on Friday, March 12 at 9:30AM. The coffee will be held in the historic Brummer Building located at 103 E. Main St. This event is the kickoff of the groups effort to acquire and preserve the historic downtown structure.

The Brummer building is a main focal point of the historic downtown Cherokee community and is an integral part of the architectural style, character, and success of Main Street business in Cherokee.

The Brummer Legacy Foundation, Inc. looks to obtain, renovate, and maintain the Brummer building for the benefit of the citizens of Cherokee with the intent to lessen the burden of local government, combat community deterioration, and promote historical preservation.

J. H. Brummer, a successful farmer and livestock raiser, most likely purchased the two lots at 101 & 103 E. Main in 1895. In 1896 he had erected the massive three-story stone building that still graces those lots. The initial cost of the construction was $21,400. The building is fully faced with Sioux Falls “Blue Jasper” granite with Romanesque features. The building was designed with two retail storefronts on the first floor with a wide central stairway to the upper floors. Offices for professional men and women were on the second floor with the third floor designed as lodge space which was soon occupied by the Masonic Lodge.

The Brummer Legacy Foundation is 501c3 organization. To join in the giving you may make a tax-deductible gift by sending a donation to the Brummer Legacy Foundation, 231 W. Maple, Cherokee, IA 51012 or visit our website at

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