A touch of modern in traditional Fredericksburg

By Austin Eck —

The floor was slanted so the blood and water would flow out of the building. The meat hooks hung from the ceiling, holding carcasses waiting to be carved by the butcher and sold to costumers of the Henke Butcher Shop in Fredericksburg. Little natural light entered from the outside.

But that was decades ago.

The same building that once saw a butcher perform his art is now the home of the town’s first modern art showcase, Dan Pfeiffer’s Art Gallery.

“What I did was remodel the entire place, so we could make it into an art gallery,” said Pfeiffer, owner of the gallery and woodworker. “But, anything above these fabric covered walls, we tried to keep it all the same history.”

The meat hooks still dangle from the ceiling but now hold pieces of art. In the corner the chimney still rises up, the rendering pot just needs a fire below it.

For Pfeiffer, he felt it was his responsibility to take the old rooms of the Henke Butcher Shop, just behind Grape Creek Vineyard’s downtown tasting room, and transform them. He started the process last August.  

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