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Sagamore Spirit Distillery

Sagamore Development
A waterfront cultural destination and whiskey distillery spurs the revitalization of a brownfield industrial site.
Exterior view of Sagamore Spirit Distillery and courtyard
Baltimore, MD
60,000 GSF
Baltimore City Green Building Certification Program

The Sagamore Spirit Distillery reflects two distinct pieces of American history: whiskey making and the noted Sagamore Farm. The distillery draws its distinctive red metal roofs, stone facades, and crisp gabled buildings from Sagamore Farm’s vernacular architecture, and particularly from the historic 1909 Spring House. Located on a five-acre waterfront site, the campus is comprised of three distinct buildings: a distillery dedicated to making whiskey, a processing building with areas for bottling, barreling, tasting, and an immersive visitor experience, and a waterfront restaurant building with views of the distillery and a grassy park.

The whiskey-making process is represented in the building’s details as slatted sunshades and reclaimed wood recall the barrels where the whiskey is aged. Limestone, a local material which the water of Sagamore Farm runs on, is used throughout the project. The on-campus water tower holds spring water transported from the nearby farm. This mineral-rich water is used in the whiskey production, reinforcing the connection between locality, product, and built environment. 

Tasting rooms, retail, and dining support a multi-layered experience expected to bring 100,000 visitors a year. The interiors create a warm, inviting, and a cohesive sense of place. Within the processing building, visitors can browse a retail area, visit one of three tasting rooms, and interact with the story of Sagamore Farm and the modern-day bottling and labeling process. 

Visitors making an impromptu visit can enjoy lawn games at the waterfront park, while tourists with a new knowledge of the modern-day bottling and labeling process can join diners in the restaurant building. The waterfront location has reclaimed a brownfield and is at the forefront of revitalizing the entire area. 



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