An innovative project team renovated the 109-year-old former Masonic Temple into a lively beer and cider brewery and restaurant. Having suffered from years of deferred maintenance, the building required significant investment to meet current building codes. Years of subsequent renovations masked the beauty of the original structure. The project team was focused on sustainability and energy efficiency and many strategies were implemented to reduce environmental impact as well as serve as a memory of what came before. Old radiators were repurposed as railings, the church stove grates became lighting over the new kitchen and wood framing was transformed into tables and booths. A unique geothermal heating and cooling system integrates the building with the brewing process equipment to capture and reuse waste energy for heat and hot water.
The renewed building serves once again as a social institution, where people can gather and enjoy locally made craft beer and cider. Eris has filled a void on the Northwest Side of Chicago and become an economic driver in the area. The Landmarks Illinois awards jury said of the project, “Everything that they’ve done fits what we’re looking for.”