Sunday, June 2, 2013

Whimsical Windows - Arts Center


Toby hosts the always fun architectural meme Whimsical Windows/Delirious Doors where interesting items are noted. This recent view was taken in front of the Valley Center for the Arts in the small (13,000) city of Derby. This opened in 1924 as the Hotchkiss Hose firehouse - of course, as firetrucks grew in size and the population increased, a more modern building was needed.

Instead of letting a building sit idle, the municipality ultimately deeded it to the non-profit Valley Arts Council in 2008 for its endeavors and hosts art classesclasses with offices are leased to a variety local artists. Patti captured herself and the building with the fire company engraved above the once doors. A solid old building thus has been re-purposed for an excellent organization...

5 comments:

Lesley said...

Kudos for the repurposing.
I've never heard the term 'hose company' before, but it makes sense for fire trucks!

toby said...

What a great idea! I'm always happy when buildings don't need to sit idle :)

photodoug said...

Urban renewal at its best.

VioletSky said...

More artists could use spaces like this!

Fun60 said...

Isn't it great when a building is recycled so to speak.