Chicago Landmarks

Schlitz Brewery-Tied House at 3159 N. Southport Ave. (Former)

Front Elevation, 2011     Address: 3159 N. Southport Ave.
Year Built: 1903 - 1904
Architect: Frommann & Jebsen
Date Designated a Chicago Landmark: July 6, 2011

Detail, 2011 (Former) Schlitz Brewery-Tied House at 3159 N. Southport Ave.

From the 1890s up to Prohibition, brewing companies built and operated their own taverns, or "tied-houses," throughout Chicago's neighborhoods. Designed in 1903 by the architectural firm of Frommann & Jebsen, this building in the Lake View community area is one of the most elaborate and best known of Schlitz's tied houses in Chicago. The design relies heavily on excellent craftsmanship in traditional brick masonry, particularly in the dark-red face-brick set in decorative tapestry bond patterns against a warm-yellow face brick background. It is a fine example of the German Renaissance Revival style architecture with such characteristic features as the decorative brick bonding patterns, slim vertical piers with their limestone finials, steep gables, and distinctive "bonnet" roof over the oriel window. The architectural partnership of Frommann & Jebsen made a significant contribution to Chicago's architecture from the 1880s through 1917 and the firm designed a number of other Chicago tied-houses for the Schlitz Brewery.