When we found this old cotton warehouse and later Chero Cola bottling plant in Greensboro, Georgia next to the old railroad depot, the back of the building was blown out by a storm and the roof was rotting and leaking everywhere. The exterior solid brick and concrete walls were mostly in decent shape. We decided to remove the rest of the rotted roof structure and leave the exterior walls and even the broken down brick walls at the back as a “ruin” to enclose an outdoor entertainment space.
We inserted a metal building structure behind the exterior walls and added a glass curtain wall between the event space and the outdoor patio. The front section of the building was used for the brewery operation and the old office area became the tasting room. We maximized the use of recycled woods in the tasting room bar, barn doors, and even the bathroom partitions. The brewery is thriving and hosts many events from musical performances to art classes and weddings.
This project won a Preservation award from the Georgia Trust for Historic Preservation.