The historic but fragile Gretz Brewery complex has stood at the corner of Germantown Avenue and Oxford Street since the 1880s, but now its corner stands no more.
Gretz, a storied name in Philadelphia’s brewing history, thrived through the turn of the 20th century, survived prohibition, but closed this facility in 1961. Since then its 12 conjoined buildings have been vacant.
Earlier this year the Department of Licenses and Inspections deemed the Gretz complex to be “imminently dangerous” due to a partially collapsed roof, areas of bulging or collapsing walls, and other concerns. The corner buidling, originally a tavern, was found to be in the worst shape and was demolished this fall.
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