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
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
Washington Studios occupies a prominent site in Duluth's economically
challenged Central Hillside Neighborhood. Many of its units offer
spectacular views of downtown Duluth, its busy harbor, and Lake Superior.
The entire downtown shopping district is within easy walking distance.
In addition to the integrity of these elements, Artspace added all new
appliances and windows during the restoration. The result is uniquely
designed spaces that are utilitarian for artists and their families.
Washington Studios was developed by Artspace Projects, Inc., a non-profit
real estate developer that is committed to long-term stability in
communities and artist empowerment.