When the McCue family acquired the old Krug beer warehouse during prohibition, it didn’t fully meet the needs of the feed and grocery store that they planned to open. So they added a one-story bay onto the south side and reconfigured the upper level into a family dwelling, bricking in existing windows and adding new openings in new places. Seventy some years later, brothers Myron and Lyle – second generation proprietors as old as the store itself – passed away, wrapping up a good run for their downtown family business.
In 2016, Katie and Patrick Moore saw the quickly dilapidating, abandoned building as an opportunity to experiment with loft housing and adaptive reuse in their small Midwest community. After a year of fully reconstructing the building’s various tiered rooftops and repointing three stories of brick, work commenced on creatively reinterpreting the decades of stories that existed within the building’s interior. Modernity and nostalgia play equal parts in Goodlife’s interventions, along with a not-so-subtle celebration of many years of entropic decay.