September 9, 2020

Landmark Status Proposed for East Side Schlitz Brewery Tied House


The 113-year-old former Schlitz Brewery Tied House on the East Side would be designated an official Chicago landmark under a Commission of Chicago Landmarks recommendation submitted to City Council today.

The two-story structure at 9401 S. Ewing Ave. represents a distinct building type with recognizable features that convey the economic prominence of the brewery industry in Chicago during the late 19th and early 20th centuries.

Designed by architect Charles Thisslew, the tied house exemplifies aspects of Queen Anne and Tudor Revival styles including dark face brick, limestone accents, metal cornice work, simple parapet wall at the upper cornice façade, course brick and flagstone masonry, and a terra cotta Schlitz globe insignia in its façade.

The Joseph Schlitz Brewing Co. was the most prolific builder of tied houses in Chicago, constructing at least 57 such taverns from the 1890s to the early 1900s. Like other brewery tied houses, Schlitz tied houses were essentially taverns that sold only the brand of beer to which they were “tied” to ensure exclusive placement of their products.

If approved by City Council, it would be the 10th tied house landmark in Chicago. 



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