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The Warehouse


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The Warehouse


The Telluride Transfer Warehouse is quintessential Telluride: historic, intimate, HIGH CALIBER.

A permanent Center for the Arts that is an historic, architectural, and cultural landmark

Designed by award winning architects LTL, the concept transforms the space through a creative engagement between old and new, past, present and future, between flexible and highly calibrated spaces. The project aims to amplify the future of Telluride by cultivating a dynamic relationship to its past and supporting its present, evolving needs.

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Architecture


Architecture


LTL Architects Selected

Three finalist architects in the design competition for the Telluride Transfer Warehouse were in Telluride on May 30th for the final stretch of a design competition that began in January. Each firm, Gluckman Tang, NADAAA, and LTL, shared preliminary conceptual designs during an open house for the public.

“Our design for Transfer Warehouse transforms the space through a creative engagement between old and new, past, present and future, between flexible and highly calibrated spaces,” explains Lewis.

“The project respects the existing stone walls by inserting a new multi-story wood volume within them to create a climate-controlled space for exhibitions. Stone and wood respect the building’s heritage, but we also are introducing the latest, most sustainable materials, state-of-the-art timber technology to provide warmth and character throughout. The large space between the old stone walls and the new timber volume is the great hall: the perfect place for gatherings and events. The new structure will feature an open and flexible lobby, complete with place for coffee and tea next to the museum shop and offices. 

The main gallery is on the second floor. The large, flexible space will accommodate a diversity of art forms. On top is the roof bar and an open deck, designed to give the public a spectacular place to build community, while taking in the panoramic view of the box canyon. Between the new timber volume and the historic stone walls is the main circulation stairway, which connects the performance and film space in the lower level with the top floor. Overall, the project aims to amplify the future of Telluride by cultivating a dynamic relationship to its past and supporting its present, evolving needs.” David Lewis, LTL

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The Vision


The Warehouse will be an extraordinary home for the arts at the heart of our community. The sandstone of the National Historic Landmark will encase stunning contemporary spaces that will host programming that advances the intellectual and cultural life of Telluride.

The Vision


The Warehouse will be an extraordinary home for the arts at the heart of our community. The sandstone of the National Historic Landmark will encase stunning contemporary spaces that will host programming that advances the intellectual and cultural life of Telluride.

HOW WE IMAGINE THE spaces 


THE GREAT HALL

Located at the east main entry of the building, the Great Hall is a soaring space, featuring beautiful exposed original stone, that is open from the ground floor to the retractable roof that opens year round to enjoy remarkable blue bird days and starry nights. The Great Hall is a welcoming, hospitable space that draws people in off the street for daily public use of the bar/café and to lounge by the fireplace, listen to acoustic music and explore the exhibits in the galleries. 

AMENITIES:

The Warehouse Bar & Café

  • Features a cafe menu, cocktails and great coffee and tea.

THE STABLES

Located in the lower west half of the main floor, the Stables provides a warm, more intimate, l flexible space for featured artists exhibits, a grand piano, a small shop.

    THE LOFT GALLERY

    Located on the second story and overlooking the Great Hall, the Loft is a 4,000 sq ft exhibition space punctuated by the original warehouse windows that have framed the spectacular views of the box canyon since 1906.  The Loft provides spaces for exhibits, but can also be used for small events, lectures and gatherings

    • Approx. Sq, Ft: 4,000

    AMENITIES:

    • Elevator

     

       

        THE CELLAR SCREENING ROOM

        The Cellar is the Warehouse underground set inside of the exterior walls to ensure stability of the historic structure. The fixed seat theatre will provide a controlled environment for film screenings, small concerts, lectures and broadcasts.

        • Approx. Sq, Ft: 4,000
        • Seats: 100-120

        AMENITIES:

        THE SCREENING ROOM

        • An intimate place for digital media, small lectures, solo and small performances, poetry readings, and broadcast

         

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        THE ROOFTOP BAR

          Located at the top of the Warehouse the rooftop bar provides a gathering place to sip a cocktail, hear live music, and enjoy the stunning views of the box canyon.

          • Approx. Sq, Ft: 4,000
          • Capacity: 200-300

          THE TABLE

          • One of the more inspirational places in town to sit for a meeting, book club, study group, or an intimate wine dinner hosted by one of our outstanding local chefs.


          HERE ARE SOME FACTS

          • The footprint of the Telluride Transfer Warehouse is 6,115 square feet.
          • The building once had a full second floor, so historically the building had 12,230 square feet of space, plus a small underground boiler room.
          • The Warehouse is a protected National Historic Landmark and the exterior will be restored to its original character.
          • A Sustainable Facilities Analysis was conducted by ArtSpace to help us identify the best and highest possible use for the Telluride Transfer Warehouse for our community.

          (Video below is courtesy of Yonder Mountain String Band and Cinema Raven)

          Visit


          Wondering what's actually going to happen in the Warehouse once it's complete? Join us in envisioning what a rich cultural life the Warehouse will support.  Come in....

          Visit


          Wondering what's actually going to happen in the Warehouse once it's complete? Join us in envisioning what a rich cultural life the Warehouse will support.  Come in....

          HOW WE IMAGINE a day in the life of the warehouse

          ADDRESS: 201 South Fir Street, one block south of Colorado Avenue on the corner of Pacific and Fir Streets

          REGULAR HOURS: Sunday-Wednesday 8am-8pm, Thursday, Friday, Saturday 8am-11pm // TELLURIDE ARTS OFFICE HOURS: Monday-Friday 10am-5pm

          Admission to The Warehouse is free and open to the public, except for special events.


          CAFE & BAR

          Grab a bite to eat, a cup of coffee, a craft cocktail or glass of wine and lounge in the great hall by the fire, listen to acoustic music most evenings, or enjoy the stunning views and sunshine in the loft.

          Places to enjoy a bite and a beverage:

          • The Loft
          • The Table
          • The Great Hall

          EXHIBITIONS

          The Warehouse presents six to eight visual arts exhibitions each year. The Warehouse does not have a permanent collection but focuses its exhibitions on contemporary themes and ideas. Exhibitions are curated by guest curators and staff.

          • Current Exhibitions
          • Past Exhibitions
          • Upcoming Exhibitions
          • Schedule a guided tour


          EVENTS

          The Warehouse has a full calendar of events that are open to the public. See our calendar for a full listing, or explore our series below.

          • Exhibition Guided Tours
          • Telluride Art Walk Openings
          • Arts & Ideas Lecture Series
          • Warehouse Unplugged Concerts
          • Twenty(by)Telluride

          Our Partners Events Sample:

          • Film Screenings
          • Artist Receptions
          • Lectures
          • Artist Talks
          • Talking Gourds Poetry
          • Downlow Story Night
          • KOTO Live Broadcasts

          RESERVE A SPACE

          Spaces are available to reserve for private functions and events on a part time basis. See above for specific descriptions of the spaces in the Warehouse.

          • The Loft Gallery
          • The Rooftop Bar
          • The Screening Room
          • The Great Hall
          • The Stables
          • Warehouse Buy-Out

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          The Opportunity


          The Telluride Transfer Warehouse is an iconic, treasured building in the Telluride Historic Landmark District in need of restoration.

          The Opportunity


          The Telluride Transfer Warehouse is an iconic, treasured building in the Telluride Historic Landmark District in need of restoration.


          Telluride offers a unique combination of Rocky Mountain beauty, year-round outdoor sports and cultural sophistication.  The high quality of arts programming, intellectual dialogue and interest in the arts is remarkable for such a small rural mountain community, and is a powerful counterpoint to the rich history of the town.  As Telluride inevitably grows and evolves, Telluride Arts is leading the effort to nurture and support the arts and culture in Telluride. 

          At this time, Telluride Arts is developing the beloved Telluride Transfer Warehouse into a permanent home for the arts and culture of Telluride.  Preserving a significant historic landmark within Telluride for community space, rather than private homes and commercial ventures, drives the urgency of this project.

          The Telluride Transfer Warehouse has been roofless and deteriorating since 1978. The sandstone structure was built by the Telluride Transfer Company in 1906 and was the center of the Warehouse District that served the mining industry. It was a bustling hub where people and goods flowed from the trains, through the building, and out into the towns and the mines. The history inspires our vision for its future as the Telluride Center for the Arts. The iconic, historic exterior will encase a light filled, contemporary space that is a magnet for extraordinary art, culture, and ideas from across the globe. The Warehouse provides a one-of-a-kind opportunity for people to connect with Telluride’s rich history at the heart of our community. 

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          The Place


          Restoration and adaptive reuse of the Warehouse will strengthen both the Telluride National Historic Landmark District and the Telluride Arts District.

          The Place


          Restoration and adaptive reuse of the Warehouse will strengthen both the Telluride National Historic Landmark District and the Telluride Arts District.


          The Telluride Transfer Warehouse will be beautiful space in the heart of downtown Telluride, and an anchor for the Telluride Arts District.

          The Warehouse will complement the new building proposed for the Town lot that neighbors the property, which will include the relocation of the Ah Haa School for the Arts, underground parking, and affordable housing units.

          The adaptive reuse of the Telluride Transfer Warehouse will forward the Telluride Master Plan to create a vibrant community corridor with affordable housing, the Warehouse arts center, the Ah Haa School for the Arts and the Wilkinson Public Library. 

          The Warehouse will forward the Telluride Cultural Master Plan priority to secure expanded and improved spaces for the arts which is so essential to the vibrancy of our cultural life in Telluride.

          (The Stronghouse building, currently under construction, will be a commercial space as per the PUD.)

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          The History


          The Telluride Transfer Warehouse is eligible for inclusion in the National Register of Historic Places, and in the State Register of Historic Properties. It is also a strongly contributing resource located within the Telluride National Historic Landmark District.

          The History


          The Telluride Transfer Warehouse is eligible for inclusion in the National Register of Historic Places, and in the State Register of Historic Properties. It is also a strongly contributing resource located within the Telluride National Historic Landmark District.


          THE HISTORIC SIGNIFICANCE

          "Built in 1906, the Telluride Transfer Company Warehouse is an imposing, two-story, sandstone structure located at the southwest corner of Pacific Avenue and Fir Street in Telluride, Colorado. The building served as the livery barn, warehouse, and office for the Telluride Transfer Company until the 1950s, and has been allowed to slowly deteriorate since that time. The building remained in use as commercial storage and as a filling station until 1978. Its roof collapsed in the spring of 1979.

          --From the Colorado Cultural Resource Survey Architectural Inventory Form

          More about the historic significance +

           

          THE SCHULER FAMILY

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          The Schuler Family bought the building and surrounding properties from Bill Nardine, and owned them for many years before selling it to Joe Zoline in 1968. Bucky Schuler and his father Babe Schuler ran a hauling company, a garage, a dealership, and gas station in the Warehouse. Cars were stored on the second story that was accessed by a wooden ramp. Bucky and his wife Pat are known for being humble and generous community members who owned numerous businesses around town.

          Interview with Bucky, Pat and Jamie Schuler hosted by George Greenbank in the summer of 2015 +

          Listen to 2015 interview with Schulers +

          THE ZOLINE FAMILY

          Joe Zoline, the visionary founder of the Telluride Ski Area, purchased the property on the SW corner of Fir and Pacific Street from the Telluride Transfer Company in 1968.  He continued use of the Transfer Warehouse as downtown gas station and storage facility until 1978. In the spring of 1979 the roof collapsed from a heavy snow load; it was the first winter the building had not been heated. 

          Since that time Joe’s daughter and son in law, Pamela and John Lifton-Zoline, and Joe’s son Thomas, have been thoughtful stewards of the building, bracing and protecting the walls for 34 years.

          More about the Zoline family +

           

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          The Need


          The Telluride Transfer Warehouse project is an extraordinary opportunity to preserve an iconic historic landmark and provide space that matches the caliber of arts and cultural events that will continue to flourish in, and define, Telluride.

          The Need


          The Telluride Transfer Warehouse project is an extraordinary opportunity to preserve an iconic historic landmark and provide space that matches the caliber of arts and cultural events that will continue to flourish in, and define, Telluride.


          The Telluride Arts District follows the boundaries of the Town of Telluride, and contains a remarkable concentration of arts and cultural activity that engages artists from around the region and across the globe. 

          Artists have helped create the Telluride that we all love--brimming with interesting exhibits and events that leave lasting impressions on our lives.

          The 2012 Telluride Cultural Master Plan revealed a demonstrated need for increased and expanded space for the arts in the District. 

          While many established and wonderful cultural institutions that serve a variety of programs already exist, we know that they will not satisfy the increased need for space now and into the future. In fact, the Ah Haa School has a need for more classroom space, the Stronghouse Studios will be displaced, and the Library Program Room is bursting at the seams, to name just a few.

          There are some missing pieces in our cultural landscape that, if not secured, will constrict the arts over time. 

          In order to maintain the vibrancy that artists and cultural events bring to our community, we need to secure additional and high-caliber space for the arts. The Telluride Transfer Warehouse will be world-class space for high-caliber arts and cultural events to flourish in Telluride.

          The Timeline


          The Timeline



          • 1906: Telluride Transfer Warehouse Built as Shipping and Receiving, with Stalls for 100 Horses and Mules
          • 1920: Nardine Family Purchases Warehouse and Properties
          • 1930's: Schuler Family Purchases Warehouse and Properties
          • 1968: Zoline Family Purchases Purchases Warehouse and Properties
          • 1979: Roof Caves in on Telluride Transfer Warehouse
          • 2013: The New Telluride Transfer Co. purchase warehouse and adjacent lots
          • 2015: Telluride Transfer Co. invites Telluride Arts to Purchase Warehouse
          • 2015: Purchase & Sale Agreement Finalized 
          • 2015: Warehouse Interior Cleared and Opened for Telluride Arts Events.
          • June 2015: Community Meetings Regarding Use with ArtSpace
          • July-September 2016: Warehouse Opened to Public for Telluride Arts Events
          • May 31, 2016: Transfer Co. Receives Approval for Planned Unit Development
          • May 30, 2017: Architect Selection, Preliminary Design
          • December 2017: Masonry Conservation Complete
          • February 2018: PUD Amendment Approved, Allowing Telluride Arts to Direct New Construction
          • March 2018: Telluride Arts Purchase Finalized, Capital Campaign for Purchase
          • 2018-19: HARC and State Historic Fund Design Approval
          • 2019-2020: Capital Campaign for New Construction
          • 2024: Outside Date for Completion
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          The Leadership


          Telluride Arts is the chosen local non-profit organization who will lead the restoration and redevelopment of the Telluride Transfer Warehouse.

          The Leadership


          Telluride Arts is the chosen local non-profit organization who will lead the restoration and redevelopment of the Telluride Transfer Warehouse.


          THE LEADERSHIP

          The goal of Telluride Arts is to advance Telluride as a center for extraordinary artists who infuse our authentic mountain community with world-class ideas.  Our mission uniquely qualifies Telluride Arts to develop the Transfer Warehouse into a permanent home for the arts in Telluride. 

          We view the development of the Transfer Warehouse as an essential project to preserve what we love best about Telluride and evolve with the growing community.  

          Telluride Arts is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization that was established on November 17, 1971 as the Telluride Council of the Arts and Humanities, known for over 40 years as TCAH. The organization was the first non-profit in the region, and served to incubate a culture of the arts that has come to define Telluride.

          Our programs elevate and promote a culture of the arts in the Telluride Arts District, one of the first Certified Creative Districts in Colorado.  As the manager of the Telluride Arts District, Telluride Arts has proven its ability to connect, galvanize, and strategically advance the arts as a whole.

           

           

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          Project Resources


          Project Resources


          APPROVED PUD on Adjacent Property, DESIGNED BY CCY ARCHITECTS

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          Advisors:  Ken Grossinger, Doug Tueller, Chris Chaffin, Todd Brown, Joe and Julya Sembrat, Beth McLaughlin, Lisa and Dave Henson, Catherine Walsh, Ellen Geldbaugh

          Board of Directors: Todd Brown, Meghann McCormick, Bob Mather, Warner Paige, Penelope Gleason, Julya Sembrat, Douglas Bradbury, Micheline Klagsbrun

          Staff: Kate Jones, Executive Director, Molly Perrault, Programs and Galleries Manager, Amy Brosch, Office Manager