Winner of numerous awards for historic preservation and adaptive reuse, the American Brewery restoration project transformed a long abandoned, decaying 1887 industrial building into the Baltimore headquarters for Humanim, Inc., a social services organization that works to create economic opportunity for people facing barriers to employment and financial stability through vocational evaluation, training and support programs.
The 5-story, 30,000 square foot former brewery was converted into administrative and program offices and meeting rooms. It is also in high demand for use as an event space not only by the neighboring community for meetings and social events but also by governmental, philanthropic and private organizations for conferences and workshops.
Listed on the National Register of Historic Sites, the exterior was restored to the Department of the Interior’s Standards for Rehabilitation. The original 10,000 bushel grain chute in the building’s central tower was made into the main lobby and extends exposed up through the entire height of the building. Brew tanks were salvaged and reused to create the main reception desk, the board room fireplace and the exterior sign.
Located in one of East Baltimore’s most distressed neighborhoods, the completed building has acted as a positive catalyst for new revitalization efforts taking place there.
American Brewery, 2011 National Preservation Awards Winner Video courtesy of National Trust for Historic Preservation