Once known as the Dover Building, and now over 100 years old, ArtsBuild has retained its period look inside and out, even exaggerating the look of falling plaster in the first floor lobby. The Strauss Company did the build out, working with architect Jay Kaughman to make the most of the space. Bari Elizabeth [B.B] Ryan helped with the interior design, specifying light fixtures, counters and furnishings. The Chattanooga Woodworking Society crafted the reception area.
On the first floor of the repurposed facility, Townsend Atelier occupies an expansive studio space for year-round classes taught by a select group of local, national and international artists. For the first time, artists may purchase a broad selection of supplies on-site from an art supply retail shop on the same level.
Owners of the active school, Peggy and Stan Townsend couldn’t be more pleased with the new space. “We do about a dozen classes per month,” says Peggy. “And we are so pleased to be in this new space.”
The second floor is home to the offices of Soundcorps, The Southern Lit Alliance and ArtsBuild. The Association of Visual Artists, an ArtsBuild partner, will curate artists’ exhibitions three times per year, most with opening receptions. The open area is large enough for events, with a small conference room and a large board room both opening up to expand the space. The hardwood warehouse flooring remains in its rustic condition, the high arches of the windows are original and uncompromised.
Read more in the Chattanooga Magazine article.