Coming Soon

Trinidad Artspace

Historical Preservation and the Arts in a Rural Community

200 to 228 West Main Street, Trinidad, CO


Trinidad Community

Trinidad Community

Trinidad Community Event

Historic Trinidad

Trinidad Art Car Parade

Historic Trinidad

Future Trinidad Artspace - Building 1

Future Trinidad Artspace - Building 3



Trinidad Artspace is the demonstration project for Space to Create, a state-led initiative to create affordable workforce housing and workspace in rural Colorado communities. Trinidad Artspace will transform an entire downtown block on Main Street into artist live/work housing, gallery, and flexible community space. 

Trinidad has a thriving arts community, known for its annual ArtoCade art car event and character that is “a little bit funky, a little bit weird.” The heart of the art community beats in the Corazon de Trinidad Creative District, which received creative district certification by the Colorado Creative Industries state agency in 2013. The Creative District has been instrumental in building momentum for Trinidad Artspace. The District’s outreach to the regional arts community led to the huge success of the Artspace Arts Market Survey with 616 respondents. 

The full project will combine three historic structures, the Toller, Aiello, and Franch buildings, built between 1882 and 1903. All three structures have been part of the downtown fabric for more than 100 years and contribute to the downtown National Historic District. 

The housing component, the Trinidad Artspace Lofts, will offer 20 unique, affordable live/work apartments for low-income artists and their families. Some units will repurpose remnants of the old structures, such as parquet floors and built-ins, while other units will feature a more industrial quality. 

A grand entry from the center plaza on Main Street will lead to a flexible space to can hold performance and community events, and will be operated by the City of Trinidad. This community space will also serve residents with gallery, performance, and gathering space. 

Total Project Cost Estimate: 
$14 million 

HHL Architects
Our Thanks to...

Corazón de Trinidad Creative District

City of Trinidad

Space to Create 

Boettcher Foundation

History Colorado

Colorado Creative Industries

Department of Local Affairs