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Artspace Tannery Lofts

An Artistic Rebirth in a Cultural Capital

1050 & 1060 River Street, Santa Cruz, CA, 95060

Studio Interior

Studio Interior

Resident Artist

Balcony of the lofts

Artspace Tannery Lofts

Tannery Open Studios

Santa Cruz Chamber Recognition Dinner





In the late 1990s, Santa Cruz was a highly desirable tourist destination with a strong arts and culture community. But as the housing costs increased, few young artists could afford to stay.

In 2001, the historic Salz Tannery closed its doors and Ceil Cirillo, Executive Director of the Santa Cruz Redevelopment Agency, saw an opportunity — a site that could be redeveloped as an arts complex to anchor Santa Cruz’s cultural identity well into the future. She persuaded civic leaders to approve the plan and enlisted Artspace to help develop the project.

Commanding an 8.3-acre campus on the San Lorenzo River about a mile from downtown Santa Cruz, two phases of the Tannery Arts Center are complete. Phase 1, the Artspace Tannery Lofts, created 100 units of affordable live/work space in two new buildings for artists and their families. Phase 2, the Digital Media and Creative Arts Center, opened in 2012. Phase 3 will add a Performing Arts Center to the Tannery Campus. 

Community Partners

The City of Santa Cruz

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Tannery Historic plaque
About the Tannery Campus
Artspace Tannery Lofts was Phase 1 of the Tannery Arts Center. On this historic campus, five significant tannery buildings have been preserved, renovated and reused as part of the Tannery’s new life as an arts center. Some of these buildings were built in the mid 1800’s and housed a thriving leather industry, which fueled the economy of Santa Cruz County and the Central Coast.
Our Thanks to...

California Department of Community Redevelopment Housing

California Tax Credit Allocation Committee

City of Santa Cruz Housing Trust Fund

City of Santa Cruz Redevelopment Agency

County of Santa Cruz Housing Trust Fund

RBC–Apollo Equity Partners

J.P. Morgan Chase

Federal Home Loan Bank

Affordable Housing Program


U.S. Bancorp Foundation

Washington Mutual Foundation

Wells Fargo Foundation