The Belfrē Kitchen building is one of the oldest existing buildings on its original foundation in Delafield. It was originally built as a Presbyterian church in 1868. Eventually, the congregation of the Presbyterian Church grew too large for the building and they moved to a larger location in the area.
In the late 1960's, the church was transformed briefly into a theatre. The Theatre existed for two years until Ray Brehmer transformed the church into a gift and antiques shop, naming it 'The Steeple.' The building is still affectionately referred to as ‘The Steeple’ throughout the Lake Country area.
The Brehmer's also converted the back half of the church into their home. In the late 70's they also added another level to the steeple exposing the bell.
In the 80's Bob Lang arrived in Delafield and starting transforming the streets and storefronts into the Colonial style they are today. Known for their calendars and candles, Lang put his shop in ‘The Steeple’.
The building was vacant for a few years after Lang closed his shop, and in 2010 two local ladies opened ‘Unique’ in Delafield, a woman's clothing and gift shop. They added the bay windows to the front of the building.
In 2014 Aeva Wedding &Party moved into the Steeple, offering an eclectic balance of vintage and new designs. In April 2016 owner Ariel Arnson closed her storefront to focus on creating custom designs including veils and dye work.
In May 2016 Belfrē Kitchen found its home in the Steeple. After completing the renovations to house the building’s first restaurant and preserve the charm, we opened our doors in October.
‘The Steeple’ has been home to many local businesses each maintaining a dedication to the local community, adding to the building’s rich character and charm.