A brewery reborn
This is fantastic: Baltimore's American Brewery, which has been vacant since 1973 and decrepit as recently as 2005, has now been totally restored and renovated into the home of Humanim, a non-profit social service agency. The architect even went to great lengths to repurpose the existing brewery infrastructure into new uses - that second photo above is an old wort tank, now a unique workspace. This is exactly the sort of bold, forward thinking needed for Chicago's Michael Brand Brewery, which now faces demolition. I do realize, however, that any renovation of the Brand complex would inevitably be much less spectacular than American Brewery, as the Brand structure is much more utilitarian in design. Still, saving Brand is something that needs to be done, and I hope someone at least takes the Baltimore example as inspiration in what Brand could become.
I wish someone could do the same for the old Imperial Brewery here in KC.
Posted by: Paul at Jan 22, 2012 7:31:09 PM
Nice looking old place. The architecture reminds me of the similarly forlorn Gebhard Brewery, just down the road from here, in Morris, IL:
Posted by: Pete at Jan 22, 2012 8:26:32 PM