Built in 1911, Washington Junior High School served Duluth students until it closed in 1992. Artspace acquired the building and transformed it into an affordable live/work artists’ cooperative — the first Artspace project outside the Twin Cities. In an unusual arrangement, the cooperative shares the six-story red brick building with a city-run community center that includes the former school’s gymnasium, pool and offices.
Many of Washington Studios’ 39 live/work units retain the chalkboards and cloakrooms of the former classrooms. The original gymnasium running track was preserved as a balcony in each of two split-level units. Shared amenities include a gallery, two dance studios, three music rehearsal rooms, meeting rooms, laundry rooms, project room, children’s playground and large parking lot.
Washington Studios occupies a prominent site in Duluth’s economically challenged Central Hillside neighborhood. Many of its units offer spectacular views of downtown Duluth, the busy harbor and majestic Lake Superior. The downtown shopping district and Canal Park, where tourists gather to watch the ore boats pass under Duluth’s historic lift bridge, are within walking distance.
LHB Engineers & Architects
Duluth Economic Development AuthorityDuluth Housing and Redevelopment AuthorityDuluth Housing Trust Fund / Community Investment FundNational Equity FundTCF Bank
Duluth Art InstituteDuluth-Superior Area Community FoundationFryberger Buchanan Law Firm Grand Portage Indian Reservation Independent School District 709Jay & Rose Phillips Family FoundationThe McKnight FoundationNorthwest Area Foundation
The generous spaces at Washington Studios have allowed me to pursue my photography full time and make a living at my art.
— Ryan Tischer, Artist
We are an Artist Cooperative in the community of Duluth, Minnesota, 126 miles north of the Minneapolis and St. Paul. Built in 1911, Washington Junior High School served Duluth students until 1992, when Artspace acquired it and transformed it into an affordable live/work artists' cooperative, Artspace's first development outside the Twin Cities. In an unusual arrangement, the cooperative shares the six-story red brick building with a city-run community center that includes the school's gymnasium, pool (currently not in use), and offices. Tenants of the Washington Studios will have use of these facilities during public-use hours.
Built in 1911 as Washington Junior High School, this building has been transformed by Artspace into an affordable live/work cooperative for artists. In an unusual arrangement, the cooperative shares the six-story, red brick building with a city-run community center that includes the school's gymnasium and offices.
Many of Washington Studios' 39 live/work units retain the chalkboards and cloakrooms of the former classrooms; the original gymnasium running track was preserved, too, as a balcony in each of two split-level units. The building’s character has been preserved to a great extent, retaining many of the historic elements.
Living in an artists' building can afford you the opportunity to collaborate and share professional and artistic resources with other members of the building.
Minimum 12 foot ceilingsHardwood floorsLarge windowsClose to bus lineLake view and minutes from lake walkAll utilities included except electricity and phone.
Two galleriesPerformance spaceClay studioTwo multi-purpose roomsMeeting roomLaundry roomProject raw room/spray areaKiln roomLarge parking lot
Artspace Projects is committed to attracting creative individuals from diverse artistic and cultural backgrounds who are of low to moderate income. We encourage all people in the creative arts to apply regardless of race, creed, religion, national origin, sex, marital status, sexual orientation and status with regard to public assistance or physical challenges. We are especially interested in individuals who are committed to building community and willing to give some of their time and energy to the building each month.
We are always accepting applications from artists involved in any medium: culinary, sound, visual, film, literary, martial arts, dancers, singers, poets, bead makers, painters, photographers or whatever you do that makes you an artist. Please contact the building manager for more information.
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