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653 Artist Lofts (formerly Frogtown Family Lofts)

Stability for Artists, Families and Community

653 Galtier Street, St. Paul, MN, 55103
Artspace Frogtown Family Lofts

Jennifer Mack

Live/work space

Dancer Resident Studio


Historic Image

Resident Dancers

Atrium Gallery


Before Artspace Construction



This impressive brick structure in Saint Paul’s historic Frogtown Neighborhood, built in 1917 as a clothing factory, was Artspace’s second live/work project. Created especially for artists with families, the Frogtown Family Lofts opened in 1992 with 36 apartments including 12 with two bedrooms and 24 with three. Residents share landscaped gardens, a children’s play area and a two-story art gallery known as the Atrium where tenants regularly exhibit their work.

Now known as 653 Artist Lofts, it resides in one of Saint Paul’s most diverse neighborhoods. The surrounding area has a large population of Hmong families that migrated from the mountainous regions of Laos and Cambodia. Hmong merchants run many of the local shops, and neighborhood markets offer fresh Asian vegetables.

Until 653 Artist Lofts opened in 1992, Frogtown was a neighborhood in decline. One of its worst eyesores was this old factory. The infusion of three dozen artists and their families — including more than 50 children — brought needed stability to the area and has inspired beautification projects and community gardens throughout the neighborhood. 

Development Cost

$3.6 million


Dovolis, Johnson & Ruggieri

Development Partner

Twin Cities Housing Development Corporation

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Our Thanks to...

AFL-CIO Housing Investment Fund
Family Housing Fund of Minneapolis & Saint Paul
Minnesota Housing Finance Agency
National Equity Fund
Saint Paul Housing and Redevelopment Authority
U.S. Bank


Bush Foundation
F. R. Bigelow Foundation
Local Initiatives Support Corporation
The McKnight Foundation
Northwest Area Foundation
Saint Paul Companies
Saint Paul Department of Planning and Economic Development
The Saint Paul Foundation