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Opened
1998

Spinning Plate Artist Lofts

From New Cars to New Art

5720 Friendship Avenue, Pittsburgh, PA, 15206

Gallery

Resident Artist

Gallery

Gallery

Studio Interior

Resident Artist

Exterior

Studio Interior

Entrance

Tabs

Overview

Long known as the Constantin Pontiac Building, this wedge-shaped three-story structure was built in 1926 as a Hupmobile dealership. Art Deco was the reigning architectural style of the day, as evidenced by its terrazzo floors, sweeping staircases and decorative exterior brickwork.

These elements were retained when the building was reborn as Spinning Plate Artist Lofts, Artspace’s first project outside Minnesota. Developed in partnership with Artists and Cities, Inc., a Pittsburgh-based neighborhood development corporation, Spinning Plate has 37 live/work apartments that offer open floor plans, large windows and high ceilings. A unique feature is a spacious first floor gallery in what was once part of the new car showroom — a bright, airy space at the tip of the wedge that gives resident artists a convenient venue for showcasing their work.

Spinning Plate is in East Liberty, one of Pittsburgh’s oldest and most diverse neighborhoods. Long in decline, the area is now experiencing a revival, thanks in part to the influence of this project, which has inspired other housing projects as well as new restaurants, shops and other investment. The project is within walking distance of the Quantum Theatre, the Kelly-Strayhorn Theater and a number of other cultural attractions. 

Development Cost

$4.7 million

Architect

Landmark Design Associates

Development Partner

Artists and Cities, Inc.

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Our Thanks to...

FINANCING

National City Bank of Pennsylvania
National Equity Fund
Pennsylvania Housing Finance Agency
Pennsylvania State Historic Preservation Office
Pittsburgh Urban Redevelopment Authority
Strategic Investment Fund Partners

FUNDERS

The Heinz Endowment
McCune Foundation
The Pittsburgh Foundation