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Hell 'N Blazes Brewing Co.

Hell 'N Blazes Brewing Co.

Melbourne

Built in 2016.

Designed by Meld Studio Architecture.

Named after the local Lake Hell ‘n Blazes on the upper reaches of the St. Johns River, the downtown Melbourne Hell ‘n Blazes Brewing Company is a new craft brewery that celebrates the historical heritage of its physical home and of the local region. The brewery’s building is a historically reminiscent readaptation of a century-old heavy-timber framed hardware store that had been expanded and modified over time. When the brewery owner purchased the building, it was structurally sound but showing its age: the brick façade was covered by 1970's flagstone veneer and paint; the second story windows had been stuccoed over; the original operable skylights had been covered; and the list goes on. Rather than renovating the building in typical economical fashion, the owner and his architect instead dedicated their efforts to restore the building to its original architectural character and transform it into a special gem for downtown. The building sits on the east side of railroad tracks that had, until the renovation, defined the eastern edge of the downtown. The renovated building now provides an engaging architectural and social environment to draw people further east, in result extending the downtown, providing a needed stimulus for neighboring businesses, and prompting a renewed community interest in downtown Melbourne and its history.

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