WAMO Moves Forward with Renovation of Steinfeld Warehouse

As soon as artists got the keys to the Steinfeld Warehouse on Nov. 9, 2011, they scooted onto the fast-track to resurrect the 1907 brick structure as a live-work-shop-dine haven for artists. Fast-track does not mean overnight for a fragile, 105-year warehouse – more like 2014. WAMO owns the Steinfeld Warehouse these days after a five-year saga that started when the Arizona Department of Transportation removed the tenant artists from the warehouse in July 2007. The ensuing years saw the structure pass from ADOT ownership to City ownership.

Toole Avenue Streetscape Event a Success!

Toole Avenue Streetscape/Artscape 2011 Participants

On Saturday, October 22, community volunteers planted trees and other flora to green the landscape, and artists, arts organizations, and creative businesses spruced up the avenue with permanent, semi-permanent and temporary art.

Check out the updated Toole Avenue Artwalk during the fall Open Studio Tour, November 12-13!

Looking at Other Places

As you likely know, what we are trying to do in Tucson’s Historic Warehouse Arts District is similar to that of many organization’s across the country. WAMO believes that we do not need to be like these places; rather, we need to do as they have done, and build upon the assets that make the district unique.

Following are some notable organizations that are working to preserve or develop artist spaces.

Warehouse Real Estate Looking Up (KUAT)

Tucson’s downtown warehouse district has long been a haven for the local artist community. Clustered around the railroad, these buildings are known for solid construction, large floor plans, and cheap rent. Until recently, the future many of these structures seemed uncertain, and they appeared headed for demolition. But, now the downtown links project has been redesigned and many of the buildings are being sold by the Arizona Department of Transportation…