Long known as the Constantin Pontiac Building, this wedge-shaped three-story structure was built in 1926 as a Hupmobile dealership. Art Deco was the reigning architectural style of the day, as evidenced by its terrazzo floors, sweeping staircases and decorative exterior brickwork.
These elements were retained when the building was reborn as Spinning Plate Artist Lofts, Artspace’s first project outside Minnesota. Developed in partnership with Artists and Cities, Inc., a Pittsburgh-based neighborhood development corporation, Spinning Plate has 37 live/work apartments that offer open floor plans, large windows and high ceilings. A unique feature is a spacious first floor gallery in what was once part of the new car showroom — a bright, airy space at the tip of the wedge that gives resident artists a convenient venue for showcasing their work.
Spinning Plate is in East Liberty, one of Pittsburgh’s oldest and most diverse neighborhoods. Long in decline, the area is now experiencing a revival, thanks in part to the influence of this project, which has inspired other housing projects as well as new restaurants, shops and other investment. The project is within walking distance of the Quantum Theatre, the Kelly-Strayhorn Theater and a number of other cultural attractions.
Landmark Design Associates
Artists and Cities, Inc.
National City Bank of PennsylvaniaNational Equity FundPennsylvania Housing Finance AgencyPennsylvania State Historic Preservation OfﬁcePittsburgh Urban Redevelopment AuthorityStrategic Investment Fund Partners
The Heinz EndowmentMcCune FoundationThe Pittsburgh Foundation
“Being a resident at the Spinning Plate Artist Lofts for 14 years has been a great thing... having an affordable, large, comfortable apartment with lots of space in which to create art has been of the utmost value.”—Richard Claraval, Artist
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