So much vintage wrought iron work throughout this building.
My brother-in-law in the background. It's a maze all through this building.
the green door.......thinking this will end up as a painting.
Stairs that wind up 5 floors in the middle section.
another painting possibility at least in some aspect
Most of the original wood window frames and sashes are still in place....some like this one have been boarded up in the past. The monochrome of this just intrigued me.
More stairs in the far left section of the building. This iron work was used everywhere.
Main windows on the front facade.......original wood frames and sashes. Would have loved to see the original glazing, unfortunately it's been lost for ever. The openings have been closed up with fiberglass panels to protect the inside.
View of the main vertical atrium in the left hand section of the building. This opening continued up 4-5 floors and you can see the wrought iron railing evident throughout the building.
another painting possibility...the opening had been bricked up at some time in the past and on each floor the window frames and door frames were just left in place.
This was the outside of one of the storage coolers. The wall was about 15' in height and made entirely of these milled actual 2x6's interlocked and stacked.
More steep curved stairs in the middle section. Another one I think will end up being included in some future painting.
My brother in law.....break time.
We were both hot and winded from climbing stairs. This was at the top of the middle section and just getting ready to go out on the roof.....so we decided to take a smoke break.
Most likely another future painting in some fashion.
Detail of the wood working craftsmanship that has been lost in today's mass production mindset........that's a built-up window frame that actually acts as the support header for the brick work.
Wrought iron column with beam splice plate.
View from the roof of the I-40 bridge over the Mississippi.
Downtown skyline from the roof.
Lost art of masonry master craftsmanship. Keep in mind these arches were done when bricks were cut by hand held mason's hammers.........
One of the many graffiti tags we found around the building. This tagger even tied his work down to the handrail laying propped up against the brick wall.
Masonry detail.........pure art.
Fitting ..........new beer bottle left on the parapet of the brewery roof.
Same stair without the flash.... most definitely this will end up in a future painting.
Same truss.........industrial art.
Wrought iron detail.
Wrought iron support column for a floating stair landing.
the start of the stair up........little did I know, how many of these I would be climbing.
more wrought iron details.......future painting, I'm sure.
Original brick work..........look close you can see the tie header course every 5th course that ties the wall wythes together..........
future painting for sure.
brick pilaster corbel.........
Wall tie rod exterior wall medallion........functional art.
This is the front facade of the brewery. We wondered about the left and center sections on a very hot and humid day during the Memphis in May festival. This particular photo was taken back in 2003 when I was working for a local architectural firm that was retained to "think tank" the possible redevelopment of the property. Unfortunately the seismic issues and cost make just about any redevelopment scheme a very risky proposition in this economic environment.........Memphis is pretty well saturated when is comes to condos available and a business prospect in this neighborhood isn't likely. What the fate of this historical gem will become is left to someone with alot of money and good will I'm afraid.