One of our nine 2017 Preservation Awards Winners was the adaptive reuse project at Notch Brewery. This turn of the century brick industrial building has been many things since it was built on filled in river banks. From motorcar repair shop (the word motorcar should give you an idea of its time period) to cabinet and wood working shops, this building now shifts its industrial nature with the design and construction of what is essentially a mixed-use project. Light industrial brewing happens in the center of this long stretch of building and restaurant hospitality is housed overlooking the water of the South Harbor.
While this building exterior is not flashy, the simple shape has allowed the building to be reinvented repeatedly over the past century. Winter Street Architects did an amazing job doing what they called “undesign” by stripping away the junk that had accumulated and leaving the simple form and materials. This included exposing the roof trusses inside the building and using original engine lifts in the restaurant décor.
Although Notch Brewing, which recently celebrated its 7th year, has only been in Salem since 2016, this space in downtown Salem is quickly becoming a vital part of this quickly developing area. By hosting skeeball tournaments, craft fairs, DJ throwback nights, and running clubs, Notch is continuously adding to the variety of activity and gatherings that locals and visitors can take part in at their wonderful location.
Special thanks to all contributors in this project, including contractor RC Griffin, ID8 Design Studio who worked on the interiors and finished work completed by Bailey Davol Studio Build.
We celebrate this adaptive reuse with a Historic Salem Preservation Award, presented to Winter Street Architects and Notch Brewing.
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