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Automobiles to Artists: A Pre-Rehab Tour of the Motor House
January 6, 2015 @ 5:30 pm - 6:30 pm$10
Built in 1914 for Eastwick Motors, Baltimore’s first Ford dealership, the Motor House at 120 West North Avenue has been home to a surprising array of owners and occupants. After its days with Eastwick (a proud supporter of Amoco gasoline and its American Oil Company Baltimore roots), the building changed hands several times and sold cars with names like Graham Page, Desoto, and Plymouth. By the mid 1930s, it was owned by Kernan Motors, which sold Nash, Willys, and Jeep vehicles.
When car dealerships moved on from North Avenue, the building became vacant several times and finally found a home with the Lombard Office Furniture company in the late 1970s. In 2005, then owner Sherwin Mark took a few letters off the sign to turn the Lombard Office Furniture building into the “Load of Fun” Gallerie and Studio. Load of Fun was a key investment in the growth of the historic district in the 2000s and hosted the performance space for Single Carrot Theater before their recent move to Remington.
Today, 120 West North Avenue is again in transition. The new Baltimore Arts Realty Corporation or BARCO, an arts-based development group, acquired the building after it was forced to close for code violations and is restoring it and returning it to a hub for the arts. The rehabilitation will include the development of a café, gallery and black box theater on the first floor, and space for artist studios and nonprofit organizations on the upper floors. Please join us and our hosts, Mr. Will Holman and Ms. Amy Bonitz from BARCO, to tour this auto showroom turned artist space at the cusp of a major renovation project that will add another great venue to the Station North Arts and Entertainment District.
P.S. The Motor House is currently accepting applications from artists or arts organizations interested in renting one of the six second floor studios. Apply by January 16, 2015 to be considered!
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