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About Brew House

The Brew House is a place for art. It is a place where a residency artist can work when inspiration strikes at two in the morning, a place for a third grade field trip to see what the community is doing, and a place to rediscover your love of creation and appreciation of art on a day off. We’ve separated this site into three main places: Live, Work, and Play because the Brew House is something different for everyone.

Our goal is a place where the community can feed culture, and culture can nourish the community. The Brew House idea is to create a place where artists can not only live and work at an affordable rate, but also thrive with the help of the programs we offer. The Brew House supports emerging artists by providing opportunities for collaboration, interaction, and professional development. In return, our artists give back to the community through classes and workshops that are open to the public, gallery shows, and other public services. It’s a great way to attract culture to the area and energize the community.

Brew House History

The Brew House began life as a brewery, where it gets its name. With the Industry and steel boom of the Nineteenth century came a need for all kinds of new businesses and manufactories; in this case, the need for beer. The building we know as the Brew House opened in 1899 under control of the Duquesne Brewing Company and was producing beer by mid 1900. The Brewery thrived for the majority of its 73 years of production, surviving several changes in ownership, Prohibition, and two World Wars. Financial woes and stiff competition led the brewery’s closing in 1972. After sitting dormant for over a decade, the late 1980s saw the vacant buildings of the Duquesne Brewing Company become the homes and workspaces for local artists in the South Side. Those artists started organizing in 1990 and in 1993 officially became a non-profit group, the Brew House Association.

In 2001, the Brew House Association (BHA) purchased several of the former Duquesne Brewery buildings including The Stock House, The Boiler House, and main building—The Brew House—from the City of Pittsburgh in an effort to further expand their already dynamic public programming, enhancing the cultural map of both the city and the region. Since then, the BHA has been using the buildings as the core hub for all of the on-going cultural programming initiatives, and housing for its residential tenants. The Brew House has become a cornerstone in the South Side community, offering the community diverse cultural activities while providing a valuable resource for working artists.

Even before the revitalization plans were drawn up, the Brew House was a home for plenty of artistic talent and naturally became a staple of the Pittsburgh arts scene. In the last twenty years the Brew House building, under the management of BHA, has been used for personal studio space, community studio spaces, educational space, a gallery, and a theater. There have been collaborations with groups such as Quantum Theatre, Black Sheep Puppet Festival, and the Pittsburgh Opera. The Brew House as also hosted community classes, meetings, and over a dozen gallery exhibitions in the last five years.

Community Amenities

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Roof Top Deck

Featuring a Grill and seating area, as well as a resident planting area.

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Community Lounge

Watch the next big game or enjoy a game night with your neighbors.

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Laundry Facility

Laundry room available. Select units with in-unit laundry.

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24/7 Fitness Center

Weights, ellipticals, and treadmills galore!

24 Hour Emergency Maintenance

24/7 Emergency Maintenance

Enjoy the convenience of 24 Hour Emergency Maintenance.

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Pet Friendly

$250 fee and 35 per month pet rent.

BrewHouse Association

The Brew House Association (BHA) provides artists with the support necessary to foster invention, creation, and collaboration, and encourages creative risk-taking and the pursuit of artistic excellence.

Visit The BHA Website

FAQ

A. The Brew House contains a number of workforce apartments with lower rents that will be affordable to individuals with incomes between $20,000 and $29,000. These workforce apartment rents will range between $668 and $961 and will include utilities. Prospective tenants must provide proof of income in order to qualify for a workforce apartment.

Market rate apartment rents range between $800 and $2,510, depending on size, floor plan, and location in the building. Market rate tenants will be responsible for paying electric.

A. The Brew House Lofts has amenities such as a roof top deck, community room, laundry facility, and 24/7 fitness center. Also, on site Property Management, maintenance, emergency number, and convenient visitor access.In addition to the many apartments that have been designed to function as live/work spaces, the Brew House Association (BHA) will have over 15,000 SF of space in the building for use by Pittsburgh’s artist community.

The BHA will have a solid presence in the building and will operate several programs that promote the artist community including the creativity hub, the crosspollination cluster and the ground floor art gallery. More information of the Brew House Association can be found on their website.

A. Yes, there is no smoking permitted on the property.

A. The Brew House offers on-site parking for residents on a first come basis. Parking leases associated with market rate apartments will start at $95 a month.

A. All apartment leases will be for 12 months.

A. At TREK we realize that pets are more than just pets- they are important members of your family! We allow two pets per apartment with a combined weight of 60 lbs. There is a $200 non-refundable pet fee that must be paid immediately. Each month, $35 pet rent will be charged for the first pet, and an additional $50 per month will be charged each month for the second pet. The full Pet Addendum is available at the Brew House office.

A. All interested applicants are encouraged to contact our management team by calling 412-381-5469 or emailing leasing@brewhousepgh.com to have their name added to the Brew House waiting list.

A. Once Pennsylvania’s largest brewery and home to the “Prince of Pilsner,” Duquesne Brewery in the South Side Flats closed in 1972 and remained vacant until a group of artists began working, and sometimes living, in the structure during the 1980s. The artists organized as a formal cooperative in 1991, the Brew House Association (BHA), and over the decades, BHA expanded the studio/ living spaces within the building and developed group workspaces and galleries on the ground floor to support their collective vision. In 2001, BHA purchased the property from the City of Pittsburgh with the understanding that the Brew House would become an authentic asset for Pittsburgh’s artist community. At over 114,000 square feet, the building, though occupied, required numerous improvements to bring it up to current building standards, to make it energy efficient, to make it fully accessible and to preserve it as an iconic piece of Pittsburgh’s history.

Today, the South Side is a vibrant, energetic, and eclectic community in which to live, work and play. The re-introduction of the Brew House reinforces the lasting and positive impact of the Brew House Association within the Pittsburgh’s artist community while also addressing the continual demand for high-quality, affordable housing in the city. The result is a truly unique development that preserves the mission of the BHA for years to come.

A. We will accept applications from anyone interested in leasing an apartment in the Brew House, though there is an Artist occupancy preference. Meeting the definition of an Artist , as defined below, gives an individual priority over non-artist applicants. With 76 apartments, the Brew House is sized to welcome residents from both the Artist and non-artist community.The Brew House Artist is defined as follows: A person who has a commitment to and/or participation in the arts beyond that of a hobby. This does not mean that the Artist’s income is derived primarily or even partially from their artistic practice.The Brew House Artist shall further be defined as...

  • A person who works in or is skilled in any of the fine arts, including but not limited to painting, drawing sculpture, book art, mixed-media and print-making.
  • A person who creates imaginative works of aesthetic value, including but not limited to film, video, digital media works, literature, costume design, photography, architecture and music composition.
  • A person who creates functional art, including but not limited to jewelry, rugs, decorative screens and grates, furniture, pottery, toys and quilts.
  • A performer, including but not limited to singers, musicians, dancers, actors, performance artists.
  • A person active in culturally significant practices, including a designer, technician, tattoo artist, hairdresser, check/culinary artist, craftsperson, teacher or administrator who is dedicated to using their expertise within the community to support, promote, present, and or teach and propagate their art form through events, activities, performances and classes.”