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Duquesne Brewery nominated for historic status

 


The Brew House Association and its development partner, TREK Development Group, are hosting a Public Information Meeting to inform citizens and stakeholders of the nomination of the former Duquesne Brewery complex to the National Register of Historic Places. The meeting will be held in the Brew House Gallery, 2100 Mary Street, at 6 p.m. on Monday, Dec. 1.

The National Register recognizes places that are significant to the history of the United States and its individual regions, states, and communities. Listing on the National Register will enable the use of federal historic tax credits in the rehabilitation and redevelopment of the Brew House, which TREK Development is undertaking in partnership with the Brew House Association.

The project will involve significant improvements to the appearance of the building as well as life-safety, parking, and trash removal issues.

The Brew House was built in 1899 as the headquarters of the Duquesne Brewing Company. Over the years, Duquesne Brewing added other buildings to its complex which are also a part of the nomination. These are:

• 2225-2235 Mary Street, built in 1937 and 1954 as a shipping facility;

• Self-Storage Building at Mary and S. 22nd streets, built ca. 1940 for grain storage;

• 160 S. 22nd Street, now Beitler-McKee Optical, built in 1948 as offices of Duquesne Brewing Company;

• 2250 Mary Street, now South Side Lofts condominiums, built in 1949 as a warehouse;

• 2201 Mary Street, adapted as a bottling building ca. 1950;

• The “Clock Tower” building at Mary and S. 21st streets, built in 1950 as a state-of-the art, modern brew house;

• Building at Jane and S. 21st streets, built in 1956 as a combined bottling/shipping facility.

After the Duquesne Brewery closed in 1972, these buildings were dispersed into various ownerships. However, they are being nominated together due to their historic relationship as part of the Duquesne Brewing Company.

Listing on the National Register does not impact property owners’ rights to alter or maintain their buildings. There is no historic review process associated with the National Register unless federal funds are used.

However, National Register listing will allow property owners to avail themselves of historic tax credits if they make improvements in the future.

 

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