The Brewery

The Brewery in Benicia, California was a functioning bar/restaurant when we first saw it in May of 2000. It was built in 1946 to replace the former Brewery, a wooden structure from 1843 that burned to the ground in 1945. We converted the building to studios and living space including indoor and outdoor studios, a model making and drawing space, and the asphalt parking lot has become a lush urban garden. I build most of my large scale work in this most industrial of my studios where I have the bulk of my tools and equipment. There are over 100’ of murals of the surprisingly rich history of Benicia painted on the walls of the former bar with depictions of the slip of the tongue that started the gold rush of 1849, civil war soldiers meeting at the arsenal, and Jack London writing about the waterfront. The location in a small California town just a short distance from the major cities of the Bay Area serves as our urban site.
Brewery sign removal

Brewery sign removal

Brewery exterior

Brewery exterior

first site of Brewery bar

first sight of
Brewery bar

Jack London room

Jack London room

Jack London room

Jack London room

kitchen

kitchen 2000

Brewery mural

Brewery mural 2004

kitchen

kitchen

Brewery parking lot

Brewery parking lot
2000

Brewery garden beginning

Brewery garden
beginning

fountain

fountain 2001

garden

garden 2006

studio door reinforcement

studio door
reinforcement

outdoor studio pad pour

outdoor studio
pad pour

studio interior

studio interior

outdoor studio

outdoor studio