This impressive brick structure is located in Saint Paul’s historic and diverse Frogtown Neighborhood, where a large population of Hmong families migrated from the mountainous regions of Laos and Cambodia. Built in 1917 as a clothing factory, 653 Artist Lofts was Artspace’s second live/work project, created especially for artists with families. 653 Artist Lofts (previously titled the Frogtown Family Lofts) opened in 1992 with 36 two- and three-bedroom apartments, shared gardens, a children’s play area, and a two-story art gallery known as the Atrium. The infusion of three dozen artists and their families brought needed stability to an area that had been in decline, with this old factory previously one of the worst eyesores.
653 Artist Lofts (formerly Frogtown Family Lofts)
653 Galtier Street St. Paul, MN, 55103
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; and The Saint Paul Foundation
Dovolis, Johnson & Ruggieri
Twin Cities Housing Development Corporation
These spaces … not only transformed vacant eyesores and restored historic structures; community members also credit them with helping spur area redevelopment and providing lasting artist cachet.”