The Alternative Space
Artspace is very pleased to announce a partnership with the Journal Register Company that will bring residents and visitors to meet Connecticut artists at the iconic New Haven Register headquarters, on Sargent Drive, facing the Long Island Sound. The spaces in the building include the printing and folding/trimming facilities, vast areas for the staging of newspaper vending machines and the fleet of delivery trucks, as well as offices for community meetings, reporting, and ad sales. Notable features include 60 foot high ceiling industrial areas, and historic presses and plate-making equipment. The site is conveniently located off I-95, close to Long Wharf Theater and IKEA, and features ample parking. As part of the annual City-Wide Open Studios festival, hundreds of artists will set up temporary installations and be on hand to discuss their work on the weekend of October 20 & 21.
The last time Artspace organized an alternative space on this scale was in 2007. Since the founding of Open Studios, Artspace has secured more than one million square feet of space for artists' temporary installations. Highlights include The Smoothie Building (2001), the Pirelli Building (2002), the Olin Building (2005), and Hamden Middle School (2006 & 2007).
This year's Sargent Drive building was formerly home to the Gant shirt factory, which closed in 1979. The New Haven Register moved in after renovating the plant in 1981; change is now afoot. CBRE is representing the Register in marketing the campus, which covers 13 acres and includes the 200,000-square-foot office and industrial facility. The Legislative Committee of the New Haven Board of Aldermen recently approved a rezoning that would allow the entire site to become part of a general business district, paving the way for retailers to establish a presence there.
The Register's newsroom intends to move to downtown New Haven; this will actually be a return to where the Register was based for nearly 170 years.
For more in depth views of the Alternative Space, please click the images to enlarge.
All photos courtesy of Dave Coon.
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