BREW HOUSE FAQ
What are the rental rates?
The Brew House contains a number of workforce apartments with lower rents that will be affordable to individuals with incomes between $20,000 and $29,000. These workforce apartment rents will range between $668 and $961 and will include utilities. Prospective tenants must provide proof of income in order to qualify for a workforce apartment.
Market rate apartment rents range between $800 and $2,510, depending on size, floor plan, and location in the building. Market rate tenants will be responsible for paying electric.
What kind of amenities does the building have for artists?
The Brew House Lofts has amenities such as a roof top deck, community room, laundry facility, and 24/7 fitness center. Also, on site Property Management, maintenance, emergency number, and convenient visitor access.
In addition to the many apartments that have been designed to function as live/work spaces, the Brew House Association (BHA) will have over 15,000 SF of space in the building for use by Pittsburgh’s artist community.
The BHA will have a solid presence in the building and will operate several programs that promote the artist community including the creativity hub, the crosspollination cluster and the ground floor art gallery. More information of the Brew House Association can be found on their website.
Is the building smoke free?
Yes, there is no smoking permitted on the property.
Is parking available and what does it cost?
The Brew House offers on-site parking for residents on a first come basis. Parking leases associated with market rate apartments will start at $95 a month.
What lease terms do you offer?
All apartment leases will be for 12 months.
Do you accept pets?
At TREK we realize that pets are more than just pets- they are important members of your family! We allow two pets per apartment with a combined weight of 60 lbs. There is a $200 non-refundable pet fee that must be paid immediately. Each month, $35 pet rent will be charged for the first pet, and an additional $50 per month will be charged each month for the second pet. The full Pet Addendum is available at the Brew House office.
How do I apply for an apartment?
All interested applicants are encouraged to contact our management team by calling 412-381-5469 or emailing firstname.lastname@example.org to have their name added to the Brew House waiting list.
What is the history of the Brew House Building, and why has it been converted into apartments?
Once Pennsylvania’s largest brewery and home to the “Prince of Pilsner,” Duquesne Brewery in the South Side Flats closed in 1972 and remained vacant until a group of artists began working, and sometimes living, in the structure during the 1980s. The artists organized as a formal cooperative in 1991, the Brew House Association (BHA), and over the decades, BHA expanded the studio/ living spaces within the building and developed group workspaces and galleries on the ground floor to support their collective vision. In 2001, BHA purchased the property from the City of Pittsburgh with the understanding that the Brew House would become an authentic asset for Pittsburgh’s artist community. At over 114,000 square feet, the building, though occupied, required numerous improvements to bring it up to current building standards, to make it energy efficient, to make it fully accessible and to preserve it as an iconic piece of Pittsburgh’s history.
Today, the South Side is a vibrant, energetic, and eclectic community in which to live, work and play. The re-introduction of the Brew House reinforces the lasting and positive impact of the Brew House Association within the Pittsburgh’s artist community while also addressing the continual demand for high-quality, affordable housing in the city. The result is a truly unique development that preserves the mission of the BHA for years to come.
Who can live in the Brew House?
We will accept applications from anyone interested in leasing an apartment in the Brew House, though there is an Artist occupancy preference. Meeting the definition of an Artist , as defined below, gives an individual priority over non-artist applicants. With 76 apartments, the Brew House is sized to welcome residents from both the Artist and non-artist community.
The Brew House Artist is defined as follows: A person who has a commitment to and/or participation in the arts beyond that of a hobby. This does not mean that the Artist’s income is derived primarily or even partially from their artistic practice.
The Brew House Artist shall further be defined as
- A person who works in or is skilled in any of the fine arts, including but not limited to painting, drawing sculpture, book art, mixed-media and print-making.
- A person who creates imaginative works of aesthetic value, including but not limited to film, video, digital media works, literature, costume design, photography, architecture and music composition.
- A person who creates functional art, including but not limited to jewelry, rugs, decorative screens and grates, furniture, pottery, toys and quilts.
- A performer, including but not limited to singers, musicians, dancers, actors, performance artists.
- A person active in culturally significant practices, including a designer, technician, tattoo artist, hairdresser, check/culinary artist, craftsperson, teacher or administrator who is dedicated to using their expertise within the community to support, promote, present, and or teach and propagate their art form through events, activities, performances and classes.”