40 Years: Discovery of Original Brewery Remains on UHD Campus Site
In celebration of the University's 40th anniversary, Skyline will publish alumni features, archival materials, and other historical interest pieces in the coming months.
The University of Houston-Downtown has seen steady growth since it's inception in September of 1974. The campus itself has been a continually changing piece of the downtown landscape. Equally as important is the history of the land on which the University sits. In February 1996, UHD was undergoing an expansion of its newest academic building, when construction crews discovered the remains of an 1800's era brewery including two cisterns and a tunnel to the Buffalo Bayou.
As it turned out, the site adjacent to the One Main building was once home to an original Anheuser-Busch brewery, established in 1894 by Adolphus Busch as part of his American Brewing Association business. An archived copy of The Dateline shows a student-written article about the excavation and the site history.