American Brewing Company Luxury Loft is incredibly convenient to Downtown

The American Brewing Company, which was painstakingly restored in 2007, is the most elaborately designed brewery still standing in Boston. Upon entering this dramatic loft, one is immediately taken with the volume and texture of the space. 18ft barrel-vaulted ceilings are punctuated with immense windows, massive steel beams and columns support the structure and remind you of a bygone time. A mezzanine was installed in the loft, creating an incredibly flexible and dynamic space, allowing any number of configurations. Brazilian cherry flooring warms the space and plays well with the expanse of brick. In-unit laundry in large storage/pantry bonus room. Luxury amenities, including exercise room, deeded x-large parking, extra storage, bike racks, large central courtyard with grill and on site management. Very walkable. 100 yards to train. 1/2mi to Longwood Medical. Steps to community gardens, restaurants, bars, Whole Foods and the Emerald Necklace Park w/bike path. Condo fee includes heat/hot H2O/gas.

The loft will be coming to market the week after Memorial Day, with showings beginning at the Broker Open house Thursday May 31st. Open House schedule to be announced…the asking price is $650,000.00. An amazing virtual tour is available so you can preview the loft. 

Some history of the American Brewing Company from the JP Historical Society

“At 249A Heath Street on the corner of Lawn Street, the American Brewing Company is the most elaborately designed brewery still standing in Boston. The three-building complex is wrapped around a hidden cobblestone courtyard, and the access through a double-arched granite block doorway is watched over by three carved terra cotta heads. At the Lawn Street corner building, a tall conical metal roof sits on the round tower and reveals to a careful viewer several decorative clocks. Set at 7 and 5, they proclaimed to the brewery workers their daily work times. The light that came through the stained glass transoms still gracing the arched windows must have warmed second floor office workers. Who had built such an elaborate industrial building?

Designed by architect Frederick Footman of Cambridge in 1891, the American Brewing Company was just one establishment of James W. Kenney, an Irish immigrant to America in 1863. Mr. Kenney had already founded the Amory Brewery on Amory Street (1877) and the Park Brewery on Terrace Street (1882). He would later start the Union Brewery on Terrace Street in 1893.

By 1900, the alphabetically named American Brewing Company (ABC can still be seen posted above the great double arches) became the largest branch of the great ten-brewery consortium, Massachusetts Breweries Company, and was producing 100,000 barrels a year. The family members of Gottlieb Rothfuss ran the brewery and could walk to work from their houses on Zamora Street and Wyman Street in Jamaica Plain. During Prohibition (1920-1933), the buildings were used for wool and cotton storage under the American Storage Warehouse Company name. Our local Haffenreffer Brewing Company later bought the plant for storage of its own beer and bottles. From 1958 until recently, lowly storage was still the function of the complex, when Fraser & Walker Movers used the old brewery as a furniture and moving warehouse.”

Special thanks to the gals at Red Door Design Works for helping me present this loft to the market with a look it really deserves.

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