Tin To Gold In Brewerytown?

 

Like the man in the commercial who said “I’m not only the Hair Club President, but I’m also a client,” the W.G. Schweiker Co.’s own building served as one big advertisement for the small company. If it could be made out of pressed metal, Schweiker built it, sold it and showcased it in–and on–its building. The building’s exterior is completely sheathed in metal, from imitation stonework, to shingles, pediments, and a massive cornice calling out the firm’s specialties. Likewise, its interior features floor to ceiling metal wainscoting, as well as a metal-clad coffered ceiling.

The property–actually three connected buildings–had been vacant for 20 to 30 years when MM Partners, LLC bought it early this year. The company plans to spend about a million dollars turning it into a 10 live-work spaces, said  MM Partner’s Jacob Roller.

The developers, who have been very active in Brewerytown over the past four years, saw promise in the desolate intersection of Jefferson and Bailey Streets. There has been an influx of artists into industrial buildings on the 1500 block of N. Bailey St. formerly occupied by McKeon Glass & Metal, a contract glazing company. This has led potter Michael Connelly, who is turning one of the buildings into his studio, to dub the area the Bailey Street Arts Corridor. The name is aspirational but not farfetched. There are six potters living and working within a three block radius and a dancer/choreographer from New York City recently purchased two buildings on Bailey.

 

 

 

Peter Woodall is the co-editor of Hidden City Daily. He is a graduate of the UC Berkeley School of Journalism, and a former newspaper reporter with the Biloxi Sun Herald and the Sacramento Bee. He worked as a producer for Radio Times with Marty Moss-Coane and wrote a column about neighborhood bars for PhiladelphiaWeekly.com.



2 Comments


  1. I don’t know how I’ve missed this place in my wanderings. Do you know if they plan on keeping the look of the place?

  2. Although the property has been for the most part vacant a long time, a small HVAC company rented the rear connected warehouse for years up to the time of the change in ownership. To expand on the industrious nature of the surrounding blocks, there are also some excavation plumbers, as well several other artists, some turned general renovation contractors by opportunity. Just another block away, an electrical supply company runs a mostly wholesale business out of another building now covered in stucco but which once may have been similarly charming.

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