1865 - 2017
Christoper Muessel was born into an Arzberg, Germany brewing family and emigrated to South Bend, IN in 1852.
During the 1860's Muessel purchased land on the Northwest side of town that would become Muessel Brewing Company, Muessel Elementary School, Muessel Grove Park & family homes. Drewry's purchased the brewery in 1936 and operated it until August 1, 1972.
Since 1972 the complex has been home to various businesses but has been largely marked by classic features of industrial abandonment: scrapping, gang occupation, squatting and of course... photography.
Standard // Bavarian // Arzberg Export // Silver Edge
West.SB and my interest in photography both began at Drewry's in December 2015. After a long fascination with the building's wallless facade (shown at the end) I ventured into the complex armed with an iPhone 5. Over the past year I have spent many days exploring the vast array of basements, mechanicals & rooftops.
My entire immediate family and many of my closest friends live in the surrounding neighborhood that exists because of the Muessel family's investment in South Bend. My father attended Muessel School, and it is likely that my children will as well.
It is painful to watch the places that built our Rust Belt cities fall victim to the wrecking ball.
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