Hunters Point Springs-Albion Brewery
881 Innes Avenue at India Basin Shoreline Park
John Hamlin Burnell purchases property on the edge of San Francisco Bay
to obtain rights to the natural springs which run underneath. He
builds the Albion Ale and Porter Brewing Company in a traditional
Norman style using stones which may have been recycled from ships' ballast or
may have been quarried locally. Later he builds the Albion Water Co. next door
to sell bottled spring water.
The Eighteenth Amendment to the United States Constitution
prohibits "the manufacture, sale, or transportation of intoxicating liquors
within...the United States," thus destroying Albion Ale and Porter Brewing Company
after its successful run of almost fifty years.
The brewery structures fall into ruin.
Adrien Alexander Voisin, a sculptor, purchases the property and spends
more than twenty years restoring and remodeling it for his studio and home.
The property remains a private residence and studio.