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Soulard Fine Arts Building History

The Soulard Fine Arts Building was built in 1910. It is located in a historic neighborhood at 1007 Russell Blvd in St. Louis, Missouri. The zip code is 63104. It is a 23,000 square foot facility. It was built and operated as The Jersey Farm Dairy. The dairy sold its products to the neighborhood from the Russell street storefront as well as with horse and buggy delivery. The terracotta frieze on the front of the building depicts a milkmaid with her cow and a bull. The building had two other tenants prior to 1990. While attending Webster University I began making plans for a workspace after graduation. I spoke to my studio mates about their plans. They stated that if I found a space perhaps they could share.

The first building that I became interested in is the building that I bought and named The Soulard Fine Arts Building. In early 1990 the building was transformed into a unique visual artists’ community. There are sixteen artists in the building each with their own studio. The sizes of the studios vary in size from 400 square feet to 3500 square feet. There is also a common dining area. The artists in the building are working in: painting, wood, metal and photography. There is also an art framer in the building.