By Molly Moser
Shepherd Gallery and Creativity Center, located at 214 S. River Park Drive, is planning an open house next door in the basement of the Gutenberg Haus from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 20, during Germanfest.
Many may remember the building as the Rathskeller Bar and Cafe, as it was known until it was closed in the early 1970's. The Rathskeller is housed in the Albertus Building, which is on the National Historic Register of Historic Places. The familiar building is three stories of two-foot thick rock walls and massive oak crossbeams uniquely constructed by a German immigrant and his wife over a three-year period.
The Albertus family used locally abundant limestone, quarried by hand, and hand-cut oak beams to build one of Guttenberg's finest examples of German architecture. Old-world keystone construction was used throughout the building in windows, doors, and passageways, and in the two vaults in the cellar. Those vaults became the Rathskeller.
Rathskeller is a German word for a bar or restaurant in a basement. The late Doug and Jerri Geuder, who also operated Doug’s Steakhouse, opened the Rathskeller in Guttenberg in the early 1970s. Joe Moser ran the bar for the Geuders until 1975, when the establishment closed.