The Brewery District dates to the early 1800s when immigrants settled on land known as South Columbus and built a community which eventually became the location of five breweries. The nearby homes of the workers resembled those of their German homeland, brick 1-½ stories, and then, as time passed, transitioned to the popular Italianate style. After prohibition, the area shifted to industry and warehouses and remained that way until the late 1980s. Large scale redevelopment transformed the old large buildings into lofts and apartments with exposed brick walls and oversized windows. Today, the restaurants, bars, a winery, theater, grocery store and more feed and entertain residents and visitors alike and have made the Brewery District a desirable destination immediately south of downtown.