145-Year-Old Trinidad Landmark to Be Revitalized – The Schneider Brewery

Schneider Brewery to undergo selective demolition and restoration to prepare for the future

 Trinidad, Colo., Sept. 28, 2022 —Downtown Trinidad Development Group announces plans to preserve the landmark Schneider Brewery building through a selective demolition and restoration project to begin in the upcoming weeks. Trinidad Construction Group is the general contractor for the project. 

“In line with the development group’s vision for projects Sister Blandina Wellness Gardens, Food Court at the Marketplace, Club 14 Garden Grill and Pub, and La Puerta de Colorado, the rehabilitated historic building will create a sense of place with an identity of its own within the Corazon de Trinidad National Historic District,” said Karl Gabrielson, general manager and partner of Trinidad Construction Group. 

“At its peak, Schneider Brewery was a complex of contiguous buildings and vacant land, with the first structure built in about 1876 and designed by Isaac Hamilton Rapp and William Morris Rapp, noted architects who were the creators of many of Trinidad’s best historic architecture,” said Gabrielson. “Multiple expansions and improvements were made to the property over time.” 

Leadership for the brewery changed over the years, but the company consistently remained “one of the town’s most stable and leading industries,” according to a Colorado Cultural Resource Survey on the complex. “The Schneider Brewery building is significant for its association with industry and manufacturing in Trinidad, housing a brewery from construction until about 1957 and employing one of the larger payrolls in the city.” Of equal significance is the building’s architecture, “which represents the evolution of a brewery as it developed during the nineteenth and twentieth centuries.” 

The Philip Schneider Brewing Company, named for founder Henry Schneider’s son, closed in October 1941 and the property remained unsold until 1944. For decades, the property was bought and sold to other brewing companies including Walters Brewing Company of Trinidad, Colorado Brewing Company of Littleton, Rocky Mountain Brewing Company and Bohermian Brewery Corporation. By 1970, Colorado School District 1 administrative offices occupied the northern portion of the complex, while the remainder area enclosed within adjoining North Commercial Street, Church Street, North Convent Street and West Plum Street, was vacant and for sale. 

Today, the Schneider Brewery complex has fallen into significant disrepair, with many buildings deemed structurally unsound. The selective demolition is the first phase of a multi-year project to revitalize the iconic five-story brick central tower and the Colorado School District 1 Administration Building for future endeavors, that 145 years later, will once again play a key role in the growth and commercial development of downtown Trinidad. 

Plans for the buildings’ renewal may include a mixture of retail, residential and office spaces. Downtown Trinidad Development Group will communicate progress on this restoration project and anticipated road closures as those dates and times near. 


Downtown Trinidad Development Group was created to engage in commercial development projects to stimulate the growth of Trinidad and elevate it to become a vibrant tourist and residential community. Our efforts are designed to act as a catalyst for other critical infrastructure and development by local, county and state government agencies and private investors. We believe that collectively, with city officials and other developers, Trinidad is poised to become a first-class destination embodying the history and resiliency that epitomizes our great state. For more information, visit our website, follow us on Facebook or call us at 719.845.4892. 


Trinidad Construction Group is a full-service general contractor that is committed to providing excellent service while executing complex projects. Founded in Trinidad, CO, the company specializes in historic restoration, electrical, plumbing, commercial and residential remodeling. Completed historic preservation and restoration projects of Trinidad Construction Group include Sister Blandina Wellness Gardens, Club 14 Garden Grill and Pub, Champions Center and Food Court at the Marketplace (formerly the Marty Feed’s building). Current projects include the historic renovation of the Fox West Theater and Schneider’s Brewery. For more information, follow them on Facebook or call 719.845.4836. 

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