Steel Yard Studio Restoration
That’s a lot of caulk. Ironically, the fire-breathing forges and furnaces cranking away at the Steel Yard are no match for the icy gusts that blow through in winter. That’s about to get fixed. The Steel Yard has received a $100,000 grant from The Champlin Foundations for the restoration of the windows in the facility’s historic studios. This will be the first step towards the planned renovation and restoration of the 9,000 ft² industrial arts studios. These mechanical and architectural upgrades will soon have the shop running year-round.
So this is not a cosmetic overhaul — I kind of hope they retain the sooty patina on some of the glass — but one more step towards capitalizing on the full potential of the site. And once again we find RISCA stepping up to the plate.
Currently, Steel Yard studios operate eight months out of the year due to structural and mechanical deficiencies such as the lack of heat. With a $92,650 Cultural Facilities grant from the RI State Council on the Arts, we have been working with KITE Architects to create plans for critical studio upgrades as well as the addition of a new welcome center and gallery.
What vision and energy the Steel Yard crew has. What a unique asset to the city.
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