Photo courtesy of MMPartners

Poth Lofts

Something Old, Something Brew: Turning one of Philadelphia’s oldest breweries into chic new lofts in a walkable neighborhood

In the 1870s F.A. Poth, a German born Brewer living in Philadelphia began constructing what would become one of the largest breweries in Philadelphia, his Namesake Poth Brewery. With the help of architect Otto C Wolf, the Poth Brewery was constructed over the course of 30 years and produced thousands of barrels of beer each year. The brewery had a long and winding history after its founder died. It closed just before the second World War. The building had work done to it, reopened and closed down sporadically throughout the remainder of the 20th century. The last time the brewery was open, it was producing beer for the Red Bell Brewing Company, which shut down, closing the brewery with it, in the early 2000s. Now, the brewery, which still stands where it did over 100 years ago, has been converted into modern apartments in studio, one-, two- and three-bedroom layouts, each unique and designed based on the parts of the building they’re in.

The building’s exterior is still the same brick Rundbogenstil-style, with much of the original structure still intact, as well as some of the graffiti artwork that street artists painted inside giving the building a chic-edge. The 132 loft-style apartments inside are complemented by multi-purpose spaces and courtyards which tenants can work and hang out in; a 25,000-sf retail space for restaurants and art galleries on the first floor; and the building’s indoor parking garage with over 100 spaces for tenants.

Location Pin Icon
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Cube Measurments Icon
Square Feet:
Building Icon
Geometric Shapes Icon
Pie Chart Icon
Historic, Multi-Family Residential, Seismic/Adaptive Renovation
Material Shapes Icon
Primary Material:

Project Highlights

  • Replaced old masonry walls with new steel members for increased lateral stability in many of the building’s internal doorways and entrances.
  • Includes fitness center and common spaces.


Steven Krumenacker web

Steven Krumenacker

Erik Humes web

Erik Humes

Related work

See all
Van Vorst Building Reuse_1sm s

Van Vorst Building Reuse

KEX PORTLAND_At Night400 3x 0

KEX Portland

Olson Kundig 8899 Beverly 50 S6828 1

8899 Beverly Boulevard