Fort Monroe Authority


Hampton, Virginia


15,512 square feet

Completion Date



Oozlefinch Craft Brewery is an adaptive reuse project that brings new life to a once abandoned building on historic Fort Monroe. Work Program Architects allowed hints of the building’s previous life to show throughout the design, as salvaged materials were repurposed to help create design elements throughout the space. For example, restored antique wood from a local historic mansion found new purpose as the brewery’s iconic bar. An expanded area includes a barrel room for aging beers, and there is outdoor patio seating where customers can enjoy the ambiance of the Fort. Oozlefinch Craft Brewery was named after the Fort Monroe legend of the “Oozlefinch,” a featherless bird that Capt. H.M. Merriam allegedly observed in 1905 flying backwards at supersonic speeds outside the Fort Monroe Officer’s Club.

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Monticello Arcade, Suite 2
Norfolk, VA 23510
(757) 227-5310
© 2020 WPA
Website in care of Array Digital