Pearl Brewery Redevelopment
Located on 26 acres adjacent to the San Antonio River north of downtown, the 750,000 square-foot, mixed-use, private development seeks to maintain the identity of the old historic brewery while creating a new identity with new uses. Lake|Flato created a master plan to transform the site into a vibrant development. The first facility to open was the brewery’s 1939 garage, which now houses the Aveda Institute and the Texas Farm to Table café. The Center for the Foods of the Americas, a culinary school developed in consultation with the Culinary Institute of America, utilizes one of the brewery’s large sheds. Both renovations express the buildings’ industrial history, by reusing beer storage tanks and replacing old garage doors with large, metal-framed windows. The ecology of the river site is enhanced through the design of new connecting water courses integrated with the old and new structures. The project embraces the qualities of San Antonio’s historic Riverwalk and revitalizes this landmark district.
Photography: Casey Dunn & Lara Swimmer