Studio TLLC ... 142 sf, interior, cozy and very warm in the winter.
TLLF - 970 sf, two window wells, lots of space.
When I put the amazing red roof on in 2014 part of the reason I held out until I could manage a standing seam roof was because I badly wanted to get solar panels. I have tried to over the years and finally it is becoming reality in the next three months. The contract is signed and I am Sooooo excited. I love the company that I have hired (let's hope that endures) and I love that at least one part of this building will be run on renewable energy.
About 280 sf this studio is the perfect size for a lot of things, it has a beautiful tile floor and a double utility sink. AND it's rented!
This studio is perfect for one person drawing, video editing, or painting small. it has a huge window well, cozy and bright. It's rented! AND I have an identical studio on the interior available April 1st
970 sf of beautiful open space will be available April 1, 2022.
The current tenant needs more space...lucky him.
Contact me through the tab above or email firstname.lastname@example.org if you are looking for a good, friendly studio and want to take a look.
I am FINALLY beginning to work on The Handball Court! (I kid you not, it really was a handball court when they built this place in 1928). Here's the hall outside which shows some of the way things were before I began the studios only better, really much better than it was. There will be a storage room, a dressing room and another toilet here.
And here we have the interior... 19' x 35' with a 12'3" ceiling...lots of work to do, it's going to be amazing when it's finished if I ever get there....
Just to give you an idea, the rest of the place looked like this or worse so it's doable. Somehow it never gets easier though.
So... as of this month the studios are completely rented. With an amazing group of creative people. Painters, photographers, music makers, fitness professionals and others. The really wonderful thing is that everyone is really into their work and very friendly. I have a bunch of pictures that I will post soon. Somehow I am always overwhelmed and I'm trying to get back to my own art so who knows when.
I just realized that I put a picture of the old tarped roof at the beginning of this blog, because it was the beginning of really working on 47 East High Street. And I never put up a picture of the new roof. Here it is, complete with skylights. Still waiting fo the solar array I would like to put on the SW side and don't have the funds for.
Soooo....still not managing to post here as often as I'd like. It's been a very rough year on a purely personal level. Annoying flu and other infections, a homeless cat and her kittens to save, computers melting down. Some years are just hard. Things are changing with the studios in what I know will be a good way. I actually have hopes of finishing the Handball Court though I don't think I will be able to do what I really want and offer it on a daily basis because I really won't have the time to manage it.
I have some really wonderful people renting from me now, a painter, an ink artist, a small recording studio, crafters, medical illustration and more to come. There is nothing better than a visit to the studios to talk with whoever is there and munch on a cookie offered to me by the Tulpehocken Exchange (look them up on Facebook).
I hope to start a page here showcasing studio artists soon. And creating my own art is once again looking possible, if I can only find the time.
Well, between one thing and another it's been ages since I posted here. The lower level studios have been finished for a while except for the big multi media room which is still in the planning stage. I have discovered (after 36 years) that this building is a lot to manage for one non builder type.
The last year has been pretty much taken up with my revamping the heat in the front where I live and dealing with various life crises. I got overwhelmed to the point that when studios have become available I have not been posting them. That is changing now.
The good news is that I am sculpting again, my garden is happy and I have hot water heat that is amazing. Also I will be posting regularly with the help of my brand new assistant who is helping to make my life coherent.
In the meantime some pics from the past
installing the skylight - limbo 3
Reflections lower level while refinishing floor
Since June I have been working pretty much flat out (migraines permitting). I kept meaning to post and then... life happened. Most often in the form of something I had to do to keep the studio project going forward. Sometimes a cat emergency or a movie I had to see. Anyhow here we are and things have moved forward
Has become this
Still have a lot to do and feeling finally like I will actually get there.
The open house on the 31st (blog post accidentally deleted) went well. Quite a few people dropped by and the studios were ready for them. Old bathtubs, radiator covers and steel tables had gone to recycling
The walks had been swept and the honeysuckle was blooming...
Friends who have been with me from before the beginning were impressed which made me feel good because no matter how much I know I have done it never seems like enough. At least one studio is rented, maybe more. Next week I'm going to do a little video to show the place off.
Elfie Harris. Marble sculptor, photographer and owner of 47 High Street. So glad I grew up in Germantown and decided to stay and do my sculpture here. And I am so happy to finally have studios for other artists in my building which is what I envisioned when we bought it in 1981. I'm not finished yet.