Campus 805 - beer drinkin' and axe throwin'
From 1951 to 2009, the site of Campus 805 helped to educate thousands of students in Huntsville and Madison County, creating an academic and athletic legacy that will live on for generations to come.
The Huntsville City School system closed the school in 2009 and put the property on the market to sell. It took five years to find a buyer. In 2014, developer Randy Schrimsher purchased the property to create a unique development that would preserve the legacy of the school and offer a dynamic entertainment venue for the community.
Straight to Ale Brewery and Yellowhammer Brewery were the first tenants to sign on for the new project.
"You know I like older buildings,” says Straight to Ale owner, Dan Perry. “I like to repurpose things and I'm from Huntsville originally. I was really proud to take this old school and help be a part of revitalizing this part of town."
The Stone Center building and the new 16,000 square foot Student Union has attracted a growing list of tenants to include craft breweries, restaurants, catering, bars, retail and entertainment venues.
The trip to Campus 805 is a nostalgic experience for many patrons.
"We do get a lot of people who used to go to school here,” says Perry. “They're amazed that they get to drink beer in their old school and they get a big kick out of that. They love the way we've repurposed all of the wood from the gym and the bleachers and that kind of stuff just to keep the feel of what was here and kind of build off of it."
In fact, in the Lone Goose Saloon, part of the bar is made from repurposed gym floor so that you can actually take a ‘shot’ from the free-throw line.
Also on campus you’ll find Earth and Stone Wood Fired Pizza, Rock n’ Roll Sushi, Wish You Were Here Taproom, X-Golf, Civil Axe Throwing, a salon, a vape shop and much more.