New owners preserve history of downtown building

Saturday, April 20, 2019

Most people have heard the saying, “If these walls could talk.” Owners of a building that has been a staple on Amery’s Keller Avenue since 1887 are making sure that the walls so full of historical knowledge, along with the windows and every other part of the building are kept as original as possible.

Catherine Olsen and her husband Greg are the owners of Bowman Leathers. As previously reported in the Amery Free Press, they purchased the former Ida Mae’s building and have been working diligently on preparing the site for their business that will offer leatherwork, antique restoration, upholstery services and retail items made from repurposed leather.

The new owners have tried their hardest to keep the building close to its original form. They found a way to expose the original chimney and reveled the stained glass, which spells out “A. Feit” to the exterior and interior.

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