Historic Iron City Brewery


The Pittsburgh City Council voted unanimously yesterday to approve landmark historic status for the Iron City Brewery in the Lawrenceville neighborhood.

Earlier in the month, the city’s Historic Review Commission voted in favor of the designation, as the Post-Gazette reported.

The brewery currently sits vacant. Last year, Iron City Brewing Co. closed this plant and moved all operations to Latrobe.

Planners hope this compound and collection of historic buildings will become the sight of a mixed-use development.

The timing of this designation comes just weeks after a developer announced plans to infill neighboring Doughboy Square with a mix of housing and retail. The project would be in collaboration with the city’s Urban Redevelopment Authority and the Lawrenceville Corp.

In addition to these plans, Bike Pittsburgh, the bicycling advocacy group of Pittsburgh, moved into a recently rennovated art-deco storefront at Doughboy Square.

–Andrew Moore


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7 responses to “Historic Iron City Brewery

  1. Stephen Gross

    It’s a beautiful building. What will it take to convert it to other uses?

    Another possibility: Are there enough amateur brewers in the city to warrant using the brewery as a multi-micro-brew site? Could be cool…

  2. Yes a wonderful building and in what should be a practical and great location, right at the edge of the Strip, Lawrenceville and Bloomfield and close to downtown.

    I’ve been to a dinner meeting in a lower floor of that building but havent seen most of it.

    This is the core issue—-with a decent transit system, and a location already within some walking distance of a lot of things, this would be a slam dunk for almost anything from office to residential, or a nice mix of all three. The rest of the lot could also be built up. But, right now, there’s always a pretty big issue with parking.

    For example, there are or were plans to revive Burnam’s classic Highland Building in East Liberty as a hotel. In order to do this they have to tear down the building beside it for a garage.

    BTW, The Brewery is, I think in very good shape.

  3. Peter D

    Hmmm. I thought they just moved their bottling operations, but still brew in PGH. Is that not so?

  4. Andrew Moore

    No, they moved their brewing and bottling operations to Latrobe. Click the link in the post.

    From the City Paper article, “Bitter Beer,” November 5, 2009:

    “Iron City hasn’t abandoned Pittsburgh. He says the company still employs about 200 in the city, many in warehouse and shipping jobs.

    “This is where our headquarters are located. We still have our shipping operations here, we just brew the beer in Latrobe. We did that to save the brand because I believe it can thrive again.”

  5. The potential is there for a kind of “Brewers Row” since the Church Brew works,brewery, restaurant, brew pub is in easy walking distance up Liberty Ave.

    Penn Brewery was having issues with it’s landlord on the North Side and I think may be looking.

    As I said once again–the main issue for the city is increasing the city’s population and raising the density, walkability and transit links in the core city. We are overloaded with “attractions of one for or another”, that one drives to to. This hasn’t even worked in Baltimore which is much closer to vast population centers.

    Pittsburgh needs to become a good, convenient and practical place to live.

  6. I heard there is going to be a video art event there soon.

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