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Artspace Uptown Artist Lofts

Historic Preservation by the Lake

717 Franklin Street Michigan City, IN, 46360

Overview

Located on the shore of Lake Michigan, Michigan City boasts a long, beautiful beach with a view of the Chicago skyline. The nearby Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore attracts eight million visitors each year. A commuter railroad, the South Shore Line, links the community to downtown Chicago with a dozen trains daily. The City’s engaged community leaders have spent years planning a downtown redevelopment strategy that centers on the arts. 

As a result, the Michigan City Area Chamber of Commerce invited Artspace to visit the community. Artspace’s attention soon focused on the transformation of the Warren Building, a six-story office building dating from 1927. The tallest building in the nationally-designated Franklin Street Historic District, it is a seven story building with terrazzo floors, high ceilings and large windows. 

Artspace Uptown Artist Lofts is a mixed-use project with 44 affordable live/work units for artists and their families with ground-floor studio and commercial space. It is centrally located within the Uptown Arts District, a six-block stretch of Franklin Street that is already seeing many signs of arts-driven economic renewal.

Architect: Kil Architecture & Planning

2016

Type of Development:

Live/Work Artist Housing

Number of Units:

44

Commercial Space Sq. Ft.:

5,069

Types of Units:

Studio, One-, and Two-Bedrooms

Total Project Cost:

$13.7M

Features:

Resident Gallery