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.
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.