The Brewery Arts Complex

The Stronghold sits within the 23-acre Brewery Arts Complex, a three-decades-old artist community housed in an old Pabst Brewing facility and the older California Edison Los Angeles #3 Steam Power Plant.  The Brewery (as it is known) was started in the early '80s when a city law (called the Artist-in-Residence Ordinance) started allowing residential use of disused industrial buildings around Downtown on the condition that the residents be artists and use the space for working as well as living.  Since then the Brewery has developed into one of the most well-established and vibrant artists communities in the country.

Twice a year, the artists invite the public into their often remarkable studio/homes to view and purchase their art.  The Brewery Art Walk happens each Spring and Fall, and draws large crowds.  Art Walk is a great opportunity to check out some of the most creative work in L.A. and buy art.

Also note that if you need creative input on a project, Brewery artists have a immense pool of talent to draw from.  Residents do illustration, set design and construction, art direction, interior design, graphic design, architecture, commercial photography and 3D filming, and much, much more.  A community website allows you to inquire about hiring a Brewery artist to help realize your next creation. 

Also at the Brewery, and of particular interest to thirsty and hungry post-workout climbers, is Barbara's.  Only 400' from our front door, Barbara's is open Mon-Fri. 9:30 AM till midnight, Sat. 6 PM till midnight and on Sunday from 11 AM - 5 PM.