Eigenbrot Brewery, before its closure in 1920.
Eigenbrot Brewery, before its closure in 1920.

The Eigenbrot Brewery is located in the historic Shipley Hill neighborhood of Southwest Baltimore, and is part of Baltimore’s rich industrial history. The brewery closed with the advent of prohibition, in 1920. Several other companies have used the buildings for various other manufacturing endeavors, yet today it remains a forlorn abandoned group of buildings, tucked away from the main road, and sadly forgotten. I stumbled upon it accidentally in 2013.

The site was purchased by one of Houston property “investor” Scott Wizig’s shell LLCs, and left to rot, as befalls many of his properties. This happens so often, in fact, that community groups and the Community Law Center sued Wizig for his negligence and predatory property ownership. The judge who presided over the lawsuit ordered Wizig to clean up many of his properties — one of which is the Eigenbrot Brewery.

Eigenbrot Brewery, 2015
Photo courtesy of Andrew Cook, Baltimore Department of Planning

Unfortunately, neighbors and others interested in preserving the property have reported that Wizig may be trying to demolish one or all of these historic buildings. There is one permit that recently expired for the removal of a roof, and people have seen heavy equipment going in and out of the newly-fenced perimeter.  Because the site is now on the radar of the city, preservationists, and property advocates, people have shown an interest in preserving this important property. There’s a Facebook page for posting updates and photos, and we’ll continue to monitor the property. Let’s work together to save this historic piece of Baltimore history from the wrecking ball and its predatory owner.

2 thoughts to “Keeping an Eye on one of Baltimore’s Historic Industrial Sites

  • Tiffaney

    What does this guy have to do to get kicked out of Baltimore? Does he have to literally set a judge’s house on fire before ANYONE does something about him? What will it take?

    • admin

      I ask myself that same question quite often — about a lot of these negligent property owners. I think what we need is stronger leadership at Housing. Someone who’s willing to say “Sorry, you’re no longer welcome to do business in our city, and by the way you owe us a lot of money for the additional city services your negligence and greed has caused. Please pay your bill on your way out of town.”

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