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The Historic Vogelsang Building in Rosenberg, TX: Much to Do & See

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Side of Vogelsang building in downtown Rosenberg

Side of Vogelsang building in downtown Rosenberg

Texas Historic Landmark

The Vogelsang Building is a prominent landmark building in downtown Rosenberg. It functions as a multi-use establishment offering visitors a chance to shop, dine, see a theatrical show, and even relax in Rosenberg's only wine room. The address is 1909 Avenue G, Rosenberg, Texas 77471.

My husband and I spent some time exploring this historic building a few months ago. It is within a block of the Rosenberg Railroad Museum, which we also visited that same day.

A Texas Historical Medallion is on the front of the building. The medallion shows the following:

"Vogelsang Building

Built in 1910 by Jacob Gray, this building was leased by Louis A. Vogelsang (1874-1961) in 1916 for his general merchandise business. Vogelsang bought the property in 1922 and continued to operate his store at this site until 1947. The old commercial building features brick construction with simple corbelled cornice, segmented-arch upper windows, and shop-front lower windows and doors. Painting of bricks highlights the hood molds, bands, and cornices. Recorded Texas Historic Landmark - 1986"

Vogelsang Antique Emporium

The first thing that we did was to get an overview of what was in this massive structure. The central part of the premises contains all types of merchandise for sale, ranging from antiques to 1950s memorabilia, furniture, and so much more.

Browsing through places such as this is like taking a trip down memory lane! It is at least for those of us with a few birthday years that seem to accumulate so very fast. It sparked some of my early memories.

My maternal grandmother was an excellent seamstress and made some pretty dresses for me when I was a child. I can vividly remember standing on the kitchen table as she pinned the hemlines on my dresses before sewing them. She also created pieces of art using older men's underwear buttons. Yes, men used to have buttons on their underwear!

Believe it or not, I remember my parents' old telephone number when I was a child in the 1950s. It was Logan 73108. I have fond memories of those days growing up in the countryside of Wisconsin.

Ragdolls were common when I was a child, and my very first camera was a Kodak Brownie. Cameras have come a long way since those days, but it was fun to see that some people like collecting them.

Seeing the old ice skating shoes for sale brought back memories of early days learning from my Dad how to ice skate on Okauchee Lake in Wisconsin. I was a neophyte and never became proficient since my family moved to south Texas when I was a teenager.

BR Vino

Downstairs and on the right-hand side of the Vogelsang Building, you will find BR Vino. This wine bar is the only one in all of Rosenberg at the time of this writing. Offered are a sizable number of boutique wines as well as craft-style beers plus beers originating from Europe.

Fine art hangs on the walls. The artwork changes every quarter. It is a beautiful space for artists to gain exposure for their creativity and make sales.

On one wall in the front room of BR Vino is shelving where the Brazos River Provisions have their displays of homemade jams, jellies, and salsas. They even have a sample area where people can taste many offerings before purchasing them. That is a nice touch! It undoubtedly helps to boost sales.

Ol' Railroad Cafe

On the left-hand side of the Vogelsang Building downstairs is the location of the Ol' Railroad Cafe restaurant.

We decided to take some time out of our day and grab a bite to eat. My husband and I happened to be there on a Sunday when they served brunch from 10 AM until 3 PM. Mondays are open from 11 AM until 2 PM. Tuesdays to Saturday, the Ol' Railroad Cafe hours are 11 AM until 9 PM.

I want to go back sometime on a Tuesday when they offer "Two-For Tues. Burgers." Looking around, they seemed to be a popular choice and would be quite a bargain if ordering them on that day of the week.

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CAST Theatrical Company

The theater is upstairs in the Vogelsang Building. There is a lobby of sorts where people can mingle before seeing the show. A sign on an easel in the upstairs lobby from BR Vino instructs people that "Wine and beer are allowed in the theater during the play!"

More antiques and collectibles are also upstairs.

Destination Point

It was fun finding out about this historic building in Rosenberg. It is still under the ownership of the grandson of the original owner. There are interior passageways between the different entities within the place, which encourages browsing and discovery.

If the timing is right, where else can you spend your time in just one building and shop, have lunch or dinner, attend a theatrical performance, and round it off with sipping some vino from a boutique winery?


This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and is not meant to substitute for formal and individualized advice from a qualified professional.

© 2020 Peggy Woods


Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on November 08, 2020:

Hi Aurelio,

Yes, this historic building has it all! People can enjoy live theatrical productions, sip wine, eat in the restaurant, and browse to their heart's content looking at items for sale, including antiques. It is a fun place to visit!

Aurelio Locsin from Orange County, CA on November 08, 2020:

Sounds like a place I would love to visit. It's very similar to some of the antique shops we have in Old Town Orange, California, which are also housed in vintage buildings. But you have the advantage of having an actual theater, which we don't in Old Town Orange.

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on September 12, 2020:

Hi Linda,

With the different businesses inside of this historic building, there is something to attract many people with various interests. It was fun discovering this site in Rosenberg, Texas. Thanks for your virtual visit.

Linda Crampton from British Columbia, Canada on September 12, 2020:

This sounds and looks like a very interesting place to explore. I think I would spend a long time in the building if I visited it!

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on August 11, 2020:

Hi Rajan,

There is surely enough of a variety to do and see in this large historic building! It made for a fun discovery!

Rajan Singh Jolly from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar, INDIA. on August 10, 2020:

This historic building seems to be a great place to visit. Thanks for sharing.

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on April 26, 2020:

Hi Liz,

I think that you would like to visit this town of Rosenberg if you were ever to travel this way. Thanks for your virtual visit.

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on April 26, 2020:

Hi Robert,

There are many other places in addition to the Vogelsang building that make Rosenberg an exciting place to visit.

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on April 25, 2020:

Hi Pamela,

It sounds like you would have fun visiting here with all of the things to do in this historic building.

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on April 25, 2020:

Hi FlourishAnyway,

Yes, they certainly do have an assortment of businesses in this one historic building!

Liz Westwood from UK on April 22, 2020:

What an amazing building put to such a variety of good uses.

Robert Sacchi on April 21, 2020:

I can see where it is a great place to visit.

Pamela Oglesby from Sunny Florida on April 21, 2020:

This is a very attractive historic building. I like all the shops, especialy the antique shop. I will also say the shirmp and grits looked delicious.

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on April 21, 2020:

Hi Robert,

We enjoyed visiting all the different venues in this one large historic building in downtown Rosenberg.

FlourishAnyway from USA on April 20, 2020:

How uncomfortable—buttons on men’s underwear! I liked reading your memories and learning about this place. I especially like how the outside building is painted to incorporate the door. They have such a range of different businesses under one roof. Very intriguing.

Robert Sacchi on April 20, 2020:

Another interesting place to visit in your area.

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