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Section of Falstaff Brewery Demolished
by Robert Mihovil
Wednesday, September 27, 2017

Falstaff Brewery property demolition workMaximillian Salazar of J&M Demolition, of Houston, used a Case 240 Hydraulic Excavator to tear down the old Falstaff Brewery building referred to as Lot 4.  Lot 4 is located on the far east side of the massive 313,000 sq. ft. concrete and steel complex, at 33rd and Postoffice Street in Galveston.

Workers sprayed large amounts of water from long hoses onto the rubble to keep the dust on the site.

Julio Salazar, owner of J&M Demolition said the current developer of the old brewery contacted his office to tear down a building that was unsafe, due to a previous collapsed roof.  The demolition work should be completed soon. 

The architect for the development, David Watson, of David Watson, Architect & Associates said, “We are currently in permitting for the next phase of development.  The southeast corner building built in 1962 is being renovated under the guidelines for state and federal historic tax credits. The lower floors will be renovated into a self-storage facility and the roof terrace glass walled VIP tasting room will be restored.  It is still the plan for this to be renovated into a boutique hotel facility.  The buildings along the northern side of the property including the 11 story tower are currently undergoing asbestos abatement.”

Jose Luna, the Asbestos Abatement Supervisor for Health Service said, “Work for the asbestos abatement could take three months or it could be longer depending on findings.  Building material is sampled regularly and sent to the lab for testing for asbestos, which then takes several days for the results.”

Attorney Jerome Karam, Developer of the Falstaff Brewery said that he is excited to begin the redevelopment of the Falstaff Brewery Facility and would hopefully receive the needed permits any day now from the City of Galveston.  “We are hoping to begin construction on the five story climate controlled self-storage masonry facility that is built to withstand a hurricane.  Once the permits are in place, the Falstaff Storage facility should be completed in about six months.” 

The old Brewery which takes up two entire city blocks is on the Galveston Historical Foundation’s list of endangered historic structures. 

The Falstaff Brewery, built in 1905 and has been vacant since 1981.   

To purchase photographs from the article, please contact Galveston Photographer Robert Mihovil at (409)771-5668 or e-mail to

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