Brewer's Alley - Renovation and Addition
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PROJECT Brewer's Alley - Renovation and Addition
LOCATION Frederick, Maryland, United States
PROJECT COMPLETION DATE 11/11/2016
ARCHITECT Bates Architects PC
OWNER/CLIENT Fountain Rock Management Corp.
CONTRACTOR / CONSTRUCTION MANAGER Waynesboro Construction
PHOTOGRAPHER Jeffrey Sauers (Photographer), Bruce Zimmermann (Renderer)
ARCHITECTURAL DESIGN TEAM Clifford M. Bates, Jim Mills, Rochelle Cusimano, H. Mitchell Goldberg, Forrest Popkin, Jennifer Litchfield
SUMMARY DESCRIPTION OF PROJECT
Brewer's Alley is lauded as Frederick Maryland's original brew pub. Currently used as a tavern, this multi-level 1873 building is a unique part of the historic district. The building, which once served as a market place, an opera house, a movie theater and City Hall, is a contributing resource in the heart of Downtown Frederick. During the first half of the 20th century, the building featured a series of additions off the rear elevation. Later, in 1996 an addition was completed on a portion of the south side of the building to create the entry lobby for Brewer's Alley. Existing access and utility easements, zoning and building code setbacks, and historic site lines placed significant restrictions on the buildable area of the site.
Responding to a growing customer base, the Brewer's Alley renovation and addition includes a phased renovation of the kitchen and main dining rooms. The addition embraces the historic façade introducing a new entrance to the restaurant, an indoor/outdoor dining room, the return of brewing operation to the site, and a roof terrace feature unique to Downtown Frederick.
The addition revitalizes the remnant urban space that once served as a pedestrian shortcut, informal parking and a loading space to the building. Explicitly located to comply with site restrictions, the visual impact on the main Italianate façade is minimized along the busy Market Street. Careful phasing efforts allowed for the constructability of the renovations and addition to reduce time the brew pub would need to be inoperable. The Brewer's addition creates a dichotomy between the old and the new, defined by industrial materials that sensitively compliment the historic façade. Observing the City's historic standards, windows were selected to have similar proportions and profiles to the existing openings, while still activating the narrow alleyway. The addition incorporates tall operable doors integrating the indoors with the outdoors without being too modern. Above the new wooden structure, a roof terrace provides a unique relaxing outdoor destination for visitors and locals to dine and drink.
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IMAGE CAPTIONS & CREDITS
IMAGE 1 Brewer's Alley_thumbnail.jpg, Rear View of Addition, Jeffrey Sauers
IMAGE 2 Brewer's Alley_high res ext.jpg, Rear View of Addition, Jeffrey Sauers
IMAGE 3 Brewer's Alley_high res int.jpg, Interior View of Dining Addition, Jeffrey Sauers
IMAGE 4 Brewer's Alley_sub 4.jpg, Entrance Lobby Addition and Alleyway, Jeffrey Sauers
IMAGE 5 Brewer's Alley_sub 5.jpg, Patio Dining in Alley, Jeffrey Sauers
IMAGE 6 Brewer's Alley_sub 6.jpg, Roof Terrace, Jeffrey Sauers
IMAGE 7 Brewer's Alley_sub 7.jpg, Roof Terrace Bar, Jeffrey Sauers
IMAGE 8 Brewer's Alley_sub 8.jpg, Interior Dining Room Addition, Jeffrey Sauers