Artspace Loveland Arts Campus
Feed & Grain and Space for Artists
130 West Third Street, Loveland, CO, 80537
In 2006, when a developer attempted to buy the historic Loveland Feed & Grain Building so that he could tear it down and build new residences on the site, the community swung into action. Both the local Historic Preservation Commission and the Loveland City Council voted to deny permission for demolition, and a citizens’ group formed a nonprofit organization, Novo Restoration, to find a way to rehabilitate the building for community use. Novo Restoration turned to Artspace.
Artspace is now partnering with the City of Loveland on a two-phase project that will preserve the Feed & Grain Building as a home for creative businesses, artist studios and community space. A new 30-unit affordable live/work project for artists and their families will be built adjacent to the historic building. An outdoor plaza will physically link the two parts of the project.
For Loveland, which has a major sculpture park and is the home of America’s largest annual outdoor sculpture show, the Artspace project represents not only a victory for historic preservation but also another feather in the cap of a community that has long made the arts a civic priority: Loveland was the first Colorado municipality to enact an Art in Public Places program way back in 1985.
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