West elevation of

West elevation of "The Tavern"

Historical photo of Enfield Grocery store-circa 1925

Historical photo of Enfield Grocery store-circa 1925

Barge board detail carved by Mansbendel-Oak & Animal motif

Barge board detail carved by Mansbendel-Oak & Animal motif

Board detail

Board detail

Board detail by Mansbendel

Board detail by Mansbendel

South facing elevation

South facing elevation

Mansbendel's shop photos before installation

Mansbendel's shop photos before installation

Mansbendel's shop photos before installation

Mansbendel's shop photos before installation

Tavern sign located at 12th street and Lamar

Tavern sign located at 12th street and Lamar

Entrance sign at

Entrance sign at "The Tavern"

Example Frame

The Tavern -Enfield Grocery Store

Architect/Builder: Hugo Kuehne
Year: 1916
Style: Tudor Revival
Areas of Significance: Art, Architecture
City: Austin

The Tavern, with its distinctive architecture was built in 1916, even before Lamar Boulevard was created. It was designed as a grocery store on then, Ruiz Street which was, at the time, on the outskirts of this town of 30,000. R. Niles Grahm hired Hugo Kuehne who brought the building plans from Europe and modeled it after a German Public House.

The Enfiield Grocery Store operated in the building until 1929, when the store moved next door so a steak restaurant could be installed. The best steaks in Austin were sold for fifty cents, but legend has it that a popular and secretive brothel operated upstairs.

When prohibition ended in 1933, the Tavern was instantly born. As a restaurant and bar, few Austin gathering places hold as many significant life memories for soldiers, students, legislators, presidents, and our town's general citizenry.

Peter Mansbendel was commissioned in 1916 to create the ornate carvings that line the barge boards of the historic building even to this day.
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