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Humanim’s Baltimore Headquarters Re-Uses the Historic American Brewery Building to Help Revitalize a Troubled Neighborhood

Posted By Kristine Lofgren On November 2, 2012 @ 4:39 pm In Architecture,Gallery,Green renovation | No Comments

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Built in 1887, the building was originally inhabited by the Weissner Brewery, which closed and sold during Prohibition and re-opened in 1933 as The American Brewery. In 1977 the building was donated to the City of Baltimore [2]. During the 30 years that it stood uninhabited, the building experienced vandalism, water and fire damage, which created a daunting task for Humanim to bring the building up to snuff for their employees and clients.

As an historic building [3], the exterior was fully restored to the Secretary of the Interior’s Standards for Rehabilitation [4], with a new stairwell added to the rear to bring the building to code. Inside, the original brewery grain chute was incorporated into a lobby space and extends exposed up the entire height of the building. Grain elevators and brew tanks were also retained and re-used to show the history of the building.

Beyond the restoration – which replaced interior wood elements as needed while retaining as much of the original elements as possible – the building got a green upgrade [5] with insulated windows, high efficiency HVAC and lighting, with daylight maximized through massive windows. Salvaged [6] and recycled materials were used throughout. The new building joins other restored buildings in the neighborhood, which has experienced a revitalization. The building is up for a WAN 2012 Award [7] in the category of Adaptive Re-Use for the elegant restoration of the American Brewery.

+ Humanim [8]

via World Architecture News [9]

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[2] City of Baltimore: http://www.baltimorecity.gov/

[3] historic building: http://inhabitat.com/hks-architects-renovated-warehouse-earns-san-franciscos-first-leed-for-homes-mid-rise-gold-certification/

[4] Secretary of the Interior’s Standards for Rehabilitation: http://www.nps.gov/hps/tps/standguide/rehab/rehab_standards.htm

[5] green upgrade: http://inhabitat.com/the-aia-homes-tour-takes-us-through-the-stunning-st-germain-residence-in-san-francisco/

[6] Salvaged: http://inhabitat.com/viessos-playful-koper-tables-are-crafted-from-salvaged-douglas-fir-beams-in-los-angeles/

[7] WAN 2012 Award: http://www.worldarchitecturenews.com/index.php?fuseaction=wanappln.adaptivereuseenter12&y=2012

[8] + Humanim: http://www.humanim.com/index.php/social-enterprise/american-brewery

[9] World Architecture News: http://www.worldarchitecturenews.com/index.php?fuseaction=wanappln.projectview&upload_id=21154

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