Sep 5, 2017

Buying Here: Brew House Lofts offer artful living, refreshing reuse

The “Prince of Pilsner” is no longer brewed at 711 S. 21st St. on the South Side, but the space is still refreshing, with high ceilings, tall windows and bright, white walls that occupants can decorate however they wish.

After the Duquesne brewery closed in 1972, artists made its halls their work and living spaces. The Brew House Association, a nonprofit organization of artists, was established in 1993. The group eventually purchased the former brewery’s buildings — the stock house, boiler house and its main building, the brew house.

The Brew House’s original artists have moved on, but other creative people have taken their place, in the Brew House Artist Lofts.

Artists are given priority for its 76 studio, one- and two-bedroom apartments, but non-artists are encouraged to apply ( On the website, an artist is defined as “a person who has a commitment to and/or participation in the arts beyond that of a hobby.”

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