Artspace Tannery Lofts

An Artistic Rebirth in a Cultural Capital

1030 and 1040 River Street Santa Cruz, CA, 95060


In the late 1990s, Santa Cruz was a highly desirable tourist destination with a strong arts and culture community. But as the housing costs increased, few young artists could afford to stay.In 2001, Ceil Cirillo, Executive Director of the Santa Cruz Redevelopment Agency persuaded civic leaders to approve the plan to transform Salz Tannery into an arts complex to anchor and preserve Santa Cruz's strong cultural identity well into the future.

Today, Artspace Tannery Lofts provides 100 units of affordable live/work space in two separate buildings, for artists and their families, a mile from downtown Santa Cruz. The lofts are a part of the larger Tannery Arts Campus, which is comprised of the Lofts, the Digital Media and Creative Arts Center, and the Colligan Theater, all sitting on 8.3-acres along the bank of the San Lorenzo River.

Architect: Devcon

Community Partner: The City of Santa Cruz

Funders: U.S. Bancorp Foundation, Washington Mutual Foundation, and Wells Fargo Foundation

Financial Partners: California Tax Credit Allocation Committee, City of Santa Cruz Housing Trust Fund, City of Santa Cruz Redevelopment Agency, County of Santa Cruz Housing Trust Fund, RBC--Apollo Equity Partners, J.P. Morgan Chase, and Federal Home Loan Bank Affordable Housing Program


est. 2009

Type of Development:

Live/Work Artist Housing

Number of Units:


Types of Units:

Efficiency, one-, two-, three-bedroom

Total Project Cost:



Balconies, resident meeting spaces, resident garden