October, 2010: New Paradise Laboratories Theatre Company moves it's office and headquarters to Maas. They are the first to sign with us, taking the smaller of the two downstairs studios. Subcircle would soon follow and take the larger of the downstairs studios. The way things have worked out, we feel genuinely blessed to have had such great luck with this group of neighbors and tenants.
The building, with leaks in the roof and all, was in use as an architectural salvage / flea market business. This is what the inside looked like. We overlapped with the salvage business for 6 months because of a bad idea at the real estate signing. Essentially, we lived in a junkyard for the better part of a year. Cue Sanford & Sons theme...
Our front yard (now home of The 5th Side)
Ben and Catherine, circa May, 2008 having just bought the wreck that was once the Charles Maas Brewery. At this point in time, this captures two of the most naive, idealistic and soon-to-be-schooled bastards that have ever picked up trash in North Philly.
Had we known how much work it would be, how much money it would cost us, how much blood, sweat and tears would be shed, Would we have done it? Hell no.
Would we do it again?
Hell yes. As it turns out, the combination of naive idealism, bravery and hard work does pay off. You rise to the occasion. The truth is, the building found us, and turned us into the people that could take care of it.