Pearl Brewery Redevelopment Master Plan | Lake|Flato Architects

In 1985, after 118 years of brewing along the San Antonio River, Pearl Brewery closed its doors. In 2002 planning work for the redevelopment of Pearl Brewery into a vibrant mixed-use district began. From the beginning, repurposing the existing inventory of historic building stock (450,000 square feet) was central to the transformation of the 26-acre brownfield site.

The area has become a sustainable destination that reflects the identity of the historic brewery. More than 300,000 square feet of the original building stock have been salvaged and re-purposed. The development has attracted new residents, small businesses, retail, and nonprofits, including educational institutions such as the Aveda Institute and the Culinary Institute of America.

The conversion of other brownfield sites, such as Portland’s Pearl District or Seattle’s Pike Place Market, inspired a local vision for the Pearl Brewery development. The project first focused on the renovation of the historic Brewhouse and went on to craft an urban experience around it. The Full Goods Warehouse, the first mixed-use building redeveloped at the Pearl, became the incubator for the following phases of the project.

The remodeled 67,000-square-foot warehouse is a re-interpretation of the building’s industrial past. The original one-story building now features two floors connected by a series of catwalks. The design maximizes density and provides residential and commercial spaces housing local businesses and restaurants. The success of the Full Goods building led to the development of a series of mixed-used buildings throughout the district, which also includes an amphitheater, and a banquet and event hall located in the former Pearl Stable.

Additional Credits

  • Associate Architect: Durand-Hollis Rupe; RVK Architects; ford, powell & carson; WGW Architects
  • Engineer - Civil: Pape-Dawson Engineers
  • Engineer - Mechanical: Beyer Mechanical
  • Engineer - Structural: Danysh & Associates
  • General Contractor: Artistic Builders
  • Landscape Architect: Rialto Studio
  • Lighting: Brown Design Consultants; Lang Lighting

Photo Credit

    © Casey Dunn; Lara Swimmer

Pearl Brewery Redevelopment Master Plan

Jury Comments

The Pearl Brewery Redevelopment Master Plan is a model of transformation in its own right.

This project has served as a catalyst for green urban revitalization in a long-neglected portion of San Antonio’s inner city.

The Pearl Brewery achieves its stated goals of creating a sustainable destination while maintaining the identity of the historic brewery; it’s well-done pedestrian-focused development that reflects the unique character and culture of San Antonio.

2014 Institute Honor Awards for Regional and Urban Design Jury

  • Marcy McInelly, AIA, Chair
  • Urbsworks, Inc.
  • Portland, Oregon
  • David Gamble, AIA
  • Gamble Associates
  • Boston
  • Manuel de Lemos, AIA
  • San Juan, Puerto Rico
  • The Honorable Tom Murphy
  • Senior Fellow, Urban Land Institute and
    former Mayor of Pittsburgh
  • Washington, DC
  • Brad Tomecek, AIA
  • Tomecek Studio Architecture
  • Denver

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