The Brewery Art Colony

Photo by Dean Terry
Over a hundred years in age, the building complex spread across 23 acres dates back to the late 19th century.  The main building was one of LA’s first power plants constructed in 1903 – the Edison Electric Steam Power Plant.  The building was converted to a Pabst Blue Ribbon brewery and subsequently converted again to work/ live environments for artists and now houses around 500 residents involved in a wide range of design professions along with restaurants and galleries (La Brewery).   In 1992 it was registered as a Historic Landmark by the city of Los Angeles.   Will other artist driven regeneration projects have suffered from gentrification through rising rents the Brewery remains artist-focused through a single family owner supportive of the community.  Most tenants benefit from long leases with increases tied to the cost of living.


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