American Brewery / East Baltimore, MD

Revitalized to inspire hope

Originally erected in 1887 by brewer John Frederick Wiessner, the abandoned landmark American Brewery building with ornate windows and unique architecture reopened in 2009 as company headquarters for the Maryland human services non‐profit Humanim.

An integral part of the building’s appeal lay in its windows. Original openings included salvageable oversized double‐hung windows, deteriorated sash in intact framing, and openings that needed complete replacement units. Many openings had been bricked in or plywooded over. Meticulous research went into making sure that replacement windows would be as close to the originals as possible, using two remaining partial windows as reference for muntin sizing and design. All new units were made with energy efficient insulating glass and extruded aluminum cladding to recreate the original wood exteriors. The American Brewery Building, on the National Register of Historic Places, was honored as the 2009 Public Building of the Year by the Maryland Chapter of the American Institute of Architects.










Project Highlights

  • Unique heavy wood bullnose profiles and a specialized bead casing in oversized  arch‐top windows required precise matching and were carefully replicated.
  • On‐time delivery was critical in order to meet grant and tax incentives that funded the extensive $21.2 million renovation.
  • The pagoda‐style towers, which once concealed the brewery’s grain elevators, serve as key local landmarks and have been rebuilt to their former structure and form.

Building type

Historic renovation mixed use

Units and Applications

20 different shapes of Magnum Double Hungs and Round Tops
Special casings, mouldings and lite patterns
Impact glass in first floor windows

Architect

Cho Benn Holback + Associates

Contractor

Struever Bros. Eccles & Rouse, Inc.


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