Construction crews are putting the finishing touches on the Intersect Arts Center at 3636 Texas Ave in Gravois Park, in preparation for the grand opening tomorrow from 4-8pm.
Built in 1915, the 30,000 sqft former Lutheran seminary building has undergone an extensive renovation to accommodate 25 private artist studios, a dance studio, music recording studio, wood shop, ceramics studio, metal working shop, darkroom, computer lab, commercial kitchen, and a 4,000 square foot gallery space.
Intersect Arts is moving from the former Holy Cross Lutheran School across the street which was recently renovated to become an EAGLE charter school. The total project cost for both renovations is $6.1 million.
Both buildings are owned by Holy Cross and were developed by Luthern Development along with Rise Community Development. The architect is Rob Wagstaff of Urban Werks and the contractor is Artisan Building Company.
Sarah Bernhardt, the program director at Intersect Arts Center said all 25 private artist studios have already been leased. Memberships will be available for the shared studios. The Regional Arts Commission is providing funding for ongoing youth programming.
The grand opening tomorrow night will feature over 60 local artists photographed by Dave Moore and turned into trading cards to showcase diversity and community among St. Louis artists. More info on the exhibit is available at artistsofstlouis.com.