653 Artist Lofts

Stability for Artists, Families, and Community

653 Galtier Street St. Paul, MN, 55103

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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 creatives 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.

Architect: Dovolis, Johnson & Ruggieri

Development Partner: Twin Cities Housing Development Corporation

Funders: 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

est. 1992

Type of Development

Live/Work Affordable Artist Housing

Number of Units


Total Area  

61,551 sq. ft.