Recently a new movement has started in historic preservation circles called “Beer Saves Places.” It certainly sounds like a movement that I can get behind. I like beer, and I like historic places, so what’s not to like? The first meeting was in Indiana City Brewery, just south of Washington Street. This building actually used to house another brewery, the bottling house of Home Brewing Company:
Recently, another new brewery has popped up, this time in an old Catholic church located at College and North Streets. I was fortunate enough to visit recently, and I was really impressed. Of course, they are lucky in that much of the restoration work was already finished by a now defunct architectural firm, but someone still had to make a successful business, and I’m glad that St. Joseph Pub is making it happen:
But it’s not just beer that’s saving places. Recently there have been a few other historic building saves. Some have involved coffee, such as Foundry Provisions:
And even a formerly forlorn real estate office with no historic value has been turned into one of the hottest restaurants in town, which I’ve also enjoyed recently:
This leads me to think that it’s not just beer that saves places, it’s the human desire for interaction that can bring interest back into places that have otherwise been forgotten. Give people a reason to come and socialize, and watch the magic unfold. And once all of our other jobs areÂ replaced by robots, it’ll likely still be a popular venture to create gathering places for people. What else will work?