Read's Artspace

Bringing Vitality to Downtown Bridgeport

1042 Broad St Bridgeport, CT, 06604

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Imagine living and working in a space that embodies the pinnacle of sophistication and prosperity, reminiscent of a bygone era. Read's, once hailed as the finest department store between New York and Boston, now stands as an affordable artist live/work project, thanks to the City of Bridgeport and Artspace.

With spacious live/work units on the upper floors and arts-friendly commercial space on the ground floor, this mixed-use housing development provides an oasis of creativity and inspiration. The $14.1 million conversion has not only restored the 121,000-square-foot building to its original grandeur, but it has also transformed it into a hub for artistic expression and cultural immersion.


Read's Artspace Lofts


As you walk through Read's Artspace, the broad interior corridors that serve as informal galleries on each of the upper five floors, your senses will be stimulated by the creative energy that permeates the air. The resident gallery space provides an opportunity to showcase your artwork and gain exposure to the wider community. The public gallery on the ground floor houses more formal exhibitions, giving you the chance to engage with a diverse audience and connect with like-minded individuals.


Read's Artspace Lofts


Picture yourself in one of the 61 efficiency, one-, two-, and three-bedroom units that are designed to meet your every need, whether you are a solo artist or a family. The commercial space of 6,895 sq. ft. offers an opportunity to set up your own studio, office, or shop, adding a new dimension to your artistic pursuits.

Read's Artspace offers a unique opportunity to be part of an urban revitalization, to be a true urban pioneer, and to make a difference in the community. Don't miss this chance to live and work in a space that inspires and motivates you every day. Call us now to learn more about this exciting opportunity.




Crosskey and Associates

Development Consultant

Mission First Capital Advisors

Development Partner

Mission First Capital Advisors

Financial Partners

Financing  Apollo Housing Capital, LLC; Bank of America; Bridgeport Economic; Development Corporation; City of Bridgeport; Connecticut Housing and Finance Authority; Connecticut Department of Economic and Community Development; Fleet Bank; People’s Bank


Bank of America; Betty R. Sheffer Foundation; Bridgeport Economic Development Corporation; Bridgeport Regional Business Council; Chase Bank; City of Bridgeport; Connecticut Housing and Finance Authority; D. Culpepper Foundation; Downtown Special Services District; Edward S. Moore Foundation; Fairfi eld County Community Foundation; General Electric Fund; Greater Bridgeport Area Foundation; Kreitler Foundation; Melville Foundation; O’Grady Family Foundation; People’s Bank; Southern Bell Company / Southeast New England Telephone; United Illuminating

est. 2004


• Resident gallery space


61 efficiency, one-, two-, and three-bedrooms

Commercial Space

6,895 sq. ft.

Total Area

121,128 sq. ft.

Development Type

Mixed-Use Housing


Total Project Cost