On view at The Betts House October 12, 2013 - February 27, 2014
The Betts House is pleased to announce its major 2013 exhibit, Bricks, Barrel Vaults, & Beer: The Architectural Legacy of Cincinnati Breweries, on view October 12, 2013 through February 27, 2014. The exhibit will explore brewery architecture in Cincinnati, the impact of technology on the function and construction of breweries, and examine how the buildings functioned within the city. Ideas for the future redevelopment of Cincinnati’s remaining brewery buildings will also be explored.
Befitting a city where beer consumption was once 2½ times the national average, Cincinnati has one of the largest collections of pre-Prohibition brewery buildings in the United States. Breweries in Cincinnati were not contained in one physical structure, instead they included numerous facilities such as brewhouses, bottling plants, malt houses, barrel houses, stables, saloons, lagering cellars, residences, and farms. Breweries were connected by tunnels, cut into hillsides, and dug deep below the dense urban fabric of the city. Although early brewery buildings were un-adorned, as the industry increased in size and economic impact, breweries celebrated their function with elaborately decorated buildings.
The exhibit is created in partnership with The Brewery District Community Urban Redevelopment Corporation and supported, in part, by grants from the Josephine Schell Russell Charitable Trust, PNC Bank, Trustee; the John Hauck Foundation; and the Ohio Humanities Council.