Renovation of the American Brewery was approached with a desire to transform a derelict 1887 building into one which demonstrated the owner's strong commitment to the distressed neighborhood while preserving the iconic structure and incorporating some of the brewery’s industrial elements as design features in the new space.

Details

  • Originally built in 1887
  • Creation of a new corporate headquarters facility
  • Anchor for future community and economic development initiatives

Awards

  • National Trust for Historic Preservation, Honor Award
  • J. Timothy Anderson Award, Most Innovative Adaptive Re-Use
  • Baltimore Heritage Historic Preservation Award
  • AIA Maryland, Public Building of the Year
  • AIA Baltimore Design = Good Community
  • National Housing & Rehabilitation Association Timmy Award finalist for Most Innovative Adaptive Reuse
  • Association of Builders and Contractors, Excellence Award
  • Maryland Historic Trust Award of Excellence
  • AIA Baltimore, Trostel Preservation Award
Fifth floor grain chute receives a floor and new openings to create a new lobby.Openings are cut into former tank to create collaborative work and meeting space.Salvaged tank is reworked to create a new fireplace surround.Early sketch shows concept for transforming grain chute into lobbies and key design feature.

"The design for the restoration and level of craftsmanship are impeccable... I cannot think of a more successful combination of historic preservation and community revitalization or a project more deserving of an honor award."

TYLER GEARHEART 
Executive Director Preservation Maryland

View at fifth floor terrace shows restored wood trim, new energy efficient aluminum-clad wood windows, cleaned brick masonry and new slate roof.