Former Denver Art Institute building to become studios | Arts & Culture

The building that once housed Colorado’s Denver Art Institute is slated to become art-themed studios, according to developers Nichols Partnership.

The newly named Art Studios building will include 194 studios located at 1200 Lincoln St. in the Golden Triangle neighborhood. The building, built in 1962, served as a for-profit art and cooking school for 18 years before closing in 2018.

“Art Studios is an innovative adaptive reuse that introduces 194 units into the historic Western Farm Bureau Life building,” said Nicole Nathan, the project architect. “Our design approach was to preserve international style architecture and celebrate art.”

Nathan said the 10-story building will feature an art-themed interior styling, in addition to a colorful mural on the parking garage structure, painted by local artist Jason Graves. Graves described the mural as “an invitation and a reminder to notice and experience the world in color”.

Continuing the art theme, the building will also include a ground-floor retail space leased by the Colorado Photographic Arts Center, a 58-year-old nonprofit photography organization that hosts exhibitions, educational programs and events. ‘other events.

The nonprofit plans to use the space to build two public photography galleries, a classroom, a darkroom, offices, and storage space for more than 800 fine art prints, said the Executive Director Samantha Johnston.

“We are excited to begin the next chapter of Colorado Photographic Arts Center in a larger space that will serve our growing community of artists, students, industry professionals and the public,” said Johnston.

Art studios will also include a rooftop lounge and terrace, collaborative workspace, fitness room, dog wash station, fabrication studio spaces, music room, and bicycle barn. , Nathan said.

The renovation of the building is expected to be completed in the first quarter of 2023.