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South Main Artspace Lofts

New Vitality for an Historic Arts District

138 St. Paul Avenue Memphis, TN, 38126


Although an Artspace project is often the first step in a community’s plan to create an arts district, Memphis presents a different challenge: to help achieve a new level of vibrancy for an existing arts district, located near the birth place of Blues, R&B, and Rock & Roll. In partnership with the City of Memphis and the Hyde Family Foundations, Artspace transformed a historic, three-story warehouse and adjacent parking lot into a mixed-use arts facility with 63 affordable live/work units for artists and their families, as well as a community gallery space and outdoor arts garden. The South Main Artspace Lofts is part of roughly $200 million in investments to the South Main district including renovations to the National Civil Rights Museum, the Orpheum Theatre, and the Main Street to Main Street Multi-Modal Connector Project.

Tennessee Housing Development Agency; City of Memphis; City of Memphis, Division of Housing and Community Development; Center City Development Corporation, Downtown Memphis Commission; The Health, Educational, and Housing Facility Board of the City of Memphis; The Health, Education, and Housing Facility Board of Shelby County; Delta Regional Authority; Pinnacle Bank; First Tennessee Housing Corporation; Tennessee Arts Commission; National Endowment for the Arts; Hyde Family Foundations; Pyramid Peak Foundation; The Assisi Foundation of Memphis; Educational Foundation of America; AutoZone; Ford Foundation; First Tennessee Foundation; Nelda and Tyrone Burroughs; Southern Sun Asset Management; LOEB Properties; Ellen and Jay Heavilon; Dianne and Myron Mall



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Montgomery Martin

Estimated Project Cost:

$17 million

Square Feet:



63 live/work units