2nd Street Lofts

PROJECT

2nd Street Lofts and The Hive

LOCATION

Decatur, Indiana

SIZE

2nd Street Lofts, 31,200 SF

The Hive, 3,000 SF

COMPONENTS

Renovation

Team Leaders

Zach Benedict

Zach Benedict

AIA, LEED AP, Principal

Live. Create. Inspire.

New artist housing in Decatur, Indiana is encouraging community and collaboration in the heart of downtown.

Biggs Group partnered with the City of Decatur to redevelop the “Music House”, as it is known to locals, to produce a creative ecosystem combining artist live/work housing and a creative engagement center. Since the establishment of the Decatur Sculpture Tour in 2012, the rural community has embraced the arts to promote quality of life and economic development, what Decatur defines as “artistically inspired innovation”.

 

2nd Street Lofts, located in the heart of downtown Decatur, welcomes a wide range of creatives to live and work in 16 artist lofts. The former Schafer Hardware Store has been transformed, but its character remains with exposed brick and large windows that look out onto the historic downtown center. The building posed challenges throughout design and construction. Built in the early 1900’s, the building has served many tenants and was renovated repeatedly over the years. The building had settled overtime and had no right angles. Due to continuous challenges beginning construction, the building had to be 3D scanned to field verify wall interiors. The result is a unique floor plan with no single apartment the same.

 

The ground floor of the building houses The Hive Creative Co-Op, a creative engagement center, inviting artists and non-artists alike to engage with creative practices. The Hive offers workshops, exhibitions, performances and more to encourage arts education and appreciation. Apartments on the upper floors of the building house a range of creative types. Biggs maintains a broad definition of art, considering traditional visual and performing arts to culinary arts and beyond. Artists must apply and showcase both artistic merit and pursuit of a creative career to join the immersive neighborhood. Applications are then reviewed by the Decatur Artist Commission and Biggs to ensure they meet both artistic and income requirements.

 

Residents receive various amenities to support their overall health, well-being, and creative career. Residents of the 2nd Street Lofts are provided free access to The Hive, including its exhibition and performance spaces. In addition, Decatur plans to provide these artists with entrepreneurial education and support in hopes that these small creative businesses with flourish in the rural community. A meeting room provides a space for artists to collaborate and meet with clients. A fitness center is also open to residents.

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