Paul Basile of BASILE Studio is behind the design of the 8,900 square-foot North Park Beer Co., which opened in July 2016. Located on University Avenue and Ohio Street in a historic building once housing a department store, Basile blended two unique styles, taking cues from the neighborhood’s Arts and Crafts architectural aesthetic while incorporating elements from the building’s original 1946 Midcentury exterior to create a vibrant brewery that acts as a community gathering place for craft beer aficionados and families alike.
Custom marquee lighting on the canopy’s underside shines on the copper-clad entry doors and stained glass soffit greeting imbibers, while above the doors a backlit plaque etched with the slogan for North Park Beer Co., “Ales & Lagers, Friends & Neighbors,” reinforces the sense of community and belonging inside.
Streets lamps that merge Modernist smoked-glass with Arts and Crafts details frame the main dining area and line the 43-foot stained white oak, hammered copper, and slate 20-person bar that also functions as a cold box. Above, stained wood tambour panels top the completely custom fabricated bar area. Below, backlit mirrors feature etchings inspired by papermaker Dard Hunter, whose angular patterns have been reimagined to include elements of North Park Brewing Co.’s logo. Underfoot, the custom floor tile references Arts and Crafts-style weave patterns.
A hot rolled steel staircase and custom-designed banister that mixes Arts and Crafts-inspired white oak with Midcentury geometric shapes leads to the mezzanine level, which is easily accommodated beneath the soaring 18-foot ceiling with exposed original trusses. From this vantage point, guests can view not only the brewery operations, but also the gathered community below.