American Brewery: National Preservation Award Winner

Posted on: January 19th, 2012 by National Trust for Historic Preservation 2 Comments

Nominations are now open for the 2012 Richard H. Driehaus National Preservation Awards. We'll be highlighting a few of our favorites from last year here on the blog to give you a sense of what's won in the past, and hope to see some of your projects here when the winners are announced at the 2012 National Preservation Conference in Spokane, Washington, on November 2!

American Brewery - Baltimore, Maryland
2011 National Trust Board of Advisors’ Award

The American Brewery project rehabilitated an abandoned 1887 brewhouse in East Baltimore whose derelict condition symbolized how far the once-proud neighborhood had fallen. Vacant for thirty years, all previous attempts to revive the striking, five-story Gothic structure had failed. In 2008, that changed thanks to a $25 million historic rehabilitation conducted by a private developer and Humanim, a social services organization with roots in the community. Federal and state historic tax credits and private donations transformed the bat-infested brewhouse while retaining key historic elements, such as the vats that now serve as the office’s "think tank."

From its new home, Humanim is now perfectly positioned to provide workforce development services and job creation opportunities directly to the neighborhood. In addition to relocating its 250 employees there, the organization made 40 local hires. Meanwhile, new development is taking place, signaling greater developer confidence in the community. The top-notch historic rehabilitation preserves a piece of the city’s industrial past while demonstrating that historic preservation is a viable strategy for sparking new investment and economic development in challenged urban neighborhoods.

Each year the National Trust for Historic Preservation celebrates the best of preservation by presenting the Richard H. Driehaus National Preservation Awards to individuals and organizations whose contributions demonstrate excellence in historic preservation. We invite you to nominate a deserving individual, organization, agency, or project for a Richard H. Driehaus National Preservation Award. The nomination deadline for all awards is March 15, 2012.

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2 Responses

  1. IMGoph

    January 20, 2012

    When I tried to take pictures of the building from across the street, the security guards were vicious. Screamed about how it’s private property and I wasn’t allowed to take pictures of it. I was standing on a public sidewalk. Amazing they’d react like that, given how prominent the building is in the neighborhood.

  2. David Garber
    David Garber

    January 20, 2012

    I’ve never quite understood the reasons people freak out about photos. Especially in situations like this. Are we not supposed to even look at them? Isn’t that the point of being in a grand building?