Historic Significance: This sandstone building was a former kitchen house and was constructed around 1857. It was one of 50 some communal kitchens used in the Amana Colonies. It is more significant as the former home of the community’s spiritual leader Christian Metz until his death in 1867.
Christian Metz was one of the last Werkzeug (or instruments of God) in the Amana Colonies. He was a charismatic spiritual leader that was inspired by God to preach and guide the spiritual needs of the members of the community. His testimonies were recorded by scribes that were assigned to be near him as the inspiration could occur at any moment. One of these testimonies in Germany instructed the community to leave Europe and go to America.
In more recent times, the building served as home to the Sandstone Winery until its owners retired in 2019. The Sandstone Winery specialized in sweet fruit wines that the Amana Colonies became known for.Read Full Transcript
Direction to the Next Stop: Cross 45th Street to the west