Pearl’s Brewhouse: A Transformation

The hotel building was originally Pearl’s Brewhouse, built in 1894 and a San Antonio landmark since. The building was designed by Chicago architect August Maritzen in the Second Empire style.

In 2002, Silver Ventures purchased the property and began the conscientious renovation and adaptive reuse process that has created today’s Pearl, a vibrant culinary and cultural village.

The great effort of preserving of the structure of the building and adding the Texan style has created a very unique hotel interior.

Here is a refreshing idea of using the original brewing tube to create a private space for customers.

The courtyard and gardens are pleasant and beautiful.

Currently, it’s between $400 and $800 per night for a room with a king size bed. I don’t have pictures, but you can view these rooms via their website.

The hotel is named in honor of Emma Koehler, a towering figure in Pearl history. Emma ran the brewery after her husband and Pearl president Otto Koehler died in 1914. She was an ingenious CEO who kept the brewery going during Prohibition by converting operations to dry cleaning and auto repair, and making near beer, ice cream and soda. While other breweries were shutting down, Emma kept her entire workforce employed. She turned over control of the company to a nephew in 1933, but was a formidable presence at the brewery until her death in 1947.  —Wikipedia

The transformation of this 1894 brewhouse has not only preserved part of the local history but the legacy of Emma Koehler. It now is a beautiful place where people can enjoy.

For WPC: Heritage

Happy Thursday! 🙂

50 thoughts on “Pearl’s Brewhouse: A Transformation

  1. Good morning, Amy!
    The Peral Brewery of today is something that’s still on our bucket list, believe it or not. The Emma Hotel is really something. I’ve been to their website a few times. it’s gorgeous. Unfortunately, it’s also out of our price range. ;(
    Have a wonderful day,


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  3. I like how some places draw you in, even if to have a dessert or one drink. I loved when I was younger finding places which are amazing destination spots. You don’t have to stay somewhere to appreciate “the view.” 🙂


      • This was a Grand hotel and enjoyed the Emma story of keeping the employees even during the depression. The high ceilings and amazing unique setting would be well worth it to someone with a big budget. Meanwhile, just a dessert and coffee or a beverage with the views would be enchanting. Smiles, Robin


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