Artspace is a national, nonprofit real estate developer that specializes in creating unique, affordable spaces where artists can live and work.
This 72,000 sf renovation project took two internally-connected historic buildings: The Mehrum Building (a 1900 French Renaissance design) and the Lindley Building, built in 1913, that were vacant and dilapidated, and created a vibrant, mixed-use arts facility, positively contributing to historic fabric of the High Street district and significantly contributing to the ongoing revitalization efforts in downtown Hamilton.
The design focused on preserving, restoring and recreating as much of the original surfaces and detailing as possible, cutting through many layers from previous rehabs on the building. The century-old edifices were restored to their original appearances. The open-floor plan of the $11.8 million project highlights the restored original wood floors and trim, tin ceilings, plaster walls and brick and stone foundations in the lower level. It creates 42 live/work apartments for artists on the upper floors and 3,000+ square feet of street level retail tenant space. 1,800 square feet of public gallery space on the first floor delivers space for exhibits and hosting other events.
The project was supported by multiple stakeholders including the City of Hamilton, Hamilton Community Foundation, Ohio Historic Preservation Society and Federal Housing Administration. The sustainable design strategies led the project to achieve Enterprise Green Communities Certification.