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Abandoned Albion Brewery, San Francisco Ruins of the Albion Ale and Porter Brewery
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San Francisco Landmark 60: Hunters Point Springs-Albion Brewery 9 June 2005
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San Francisco Landmark #60
Hunters Point Springs-Albion Brewery
881 Innes Avenue at India Basin Shoreline Park
Hunters Point
Built 1870

1870

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.

1919

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.

1933

Adrien Alexander Voisin, a sculptor, purchases the property and spends more than twenty years restoring and remodeling it for his studio and home.

2005

The property remains a private residence and studio.

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