Livengood's Feed ran the old feed store at Buda Mill & Grain Co. for years along Main Street in downtown Buda. And, to this day, we still get calls for baby chicks or horse feed. Google still wants to know how much feed we sell annually. And most of the locals we’ve spoken with over the years, have incredibly fond memories of coming to the feed store and buying feed - which was such an integral part of living in a rural community.
And underneath the wonderfully thick wooden floors were the concrete vats filled with molasses. As soon as you walked in, you were hit with that wonderful smell of hay, feed, and history. The building was made up of several pole barns with walls lined with pine. For the foundation, the old building sat on cedar posts or uneven concrete blocks.
When our structural engineer looked at it, he shook his head. Between all the damage from rain over the years and the unstable foundation, we weren't able to renovate the space and bring it up to code.
So, we did what we could to save the parts and pieces. We salvaged the wood floors and the wood shiplap. The wood from the floors was re-milled and used in Buda Bike Co. and Stella’s Boutique. We kept the roof pitches as close to original. We added more 6” x 6” poles in one of the retail space that has been leased by Assemblage Gallery in memory of the old poles in the feed store. And, we made sure that you could still see the old brick building next door with its brick purchased from Butler Brick.