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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 home for arts and ideas at the heart of Telluride geographically, historically, and culturally.

The Transfer Warehouse will be a light-filled space where people who love Telluride will gather for intimate experiences in world-class architecture.  The Warehouse is quintessential Telluride, and a magnet for artists from across the globe. The space will inspire with museum-quality exhibitions and installations, lectures, music, literary events, small film screenings, artist presentations, public gatherings, meetings, artists-in-residence and more. It will be a true community gathering place where we can connect with each other, the world, and Telluride’s rich history.

HAPPENING NOW. 

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LTL Selected as design team


LTL Selected as design team


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LTL WINS Telluride Transfer Warehouse Architecture Competition

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.

Each firm addressed the specific program needs that had been identified by Telluride Arts through community planning meetings over the course of the last two years. The priorities are flexible spaces for exhibitions and events, allowing the historic stone to be exposed, and providing for a flow between the inside and outside. The three designs were very diverse, but all shared the approach of building a box within the walls to maximize the exposure of the historic stone on the inside.  

Hundreds of members of the community attended an open house and viewed drawings, models, and computer animations, asked questions of the architects, and then submitted their comments for consideration. That evening, a selection committee heard formal presentations by each firm, weighed the public opinion, and selected a winning team. It was not an easy task.

The top firm, squarely winning the hearts and minds of both the community and committee, is LTL; Lewis. Tsurumaki.Lewis, from New York, NY.

In reference to the tree that had been growing in the roofless ruin for almost 40 years, LTL included an open atrium at the east entry that includes a large tree and a retractable roof section open to the views and mountain air. This sensitivity to the recent history of the building, combined with a warm, welcoming, intuitive design that uses a sustainably harvested wood material, won the favor of the community.

The design is both contemporary and warm, with a wooden ark-type structure inserted into the interior of the stone walls that provides appealing spaces throughout the building, including a roof top deck, an underground event space, galleries, and an entry courtyard that opens into the building at the first floor level. Steven Gluckstern, a local proponent of the project and selection committee member, aptly describes the structure as a "cultural ark for our community".

The LTL team, represented by the firm’s principal architects, twin brothers David and Paul Lewis, and partner Marc Tsumuraki, also included Nancy Hudson, a structural engineer with Silman, who spoke in depth about the coordination of the historic restoration of the existing structure with the construction of the new interior.  Silman is a structural engineering firm that specializes in historic stabilization, that kept Frank Lloyd Wrights “Falling Water from falling into the water” and numerous other high profile preservation projects. LTL ‘s qualifications are far too long to list, and include the Center for Contemporary Art in Austin, TX, which shares some similarities with the Transfer Warehouse.

Over the course of the next few months, LTL will be visiting Telluride to hone their designs through charrettes with the community. The restoration of the historic walls is planned to begin this summer, with the new construction slated for 2018/2019. The winning design is on display at Telluride Arts HQ.

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The Vision


The Warehouse will be an extraordinary home for arts and ideas 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 arts and ideas 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. 

  • Approx. Sq, Ft: 2,000
  • Seated: 200, Standing: 300

AMENITIES:

The Warehouse Bar & Café

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

The Shop

  • Small museum style shop will sell artful items, tickets to local events, and double as the reception for the Warehouse and concierge for the Arts District.

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THE STABLES

Located in the lower west half of the main floor, the Stables provides a warm, more intimate, lounge-type atmosphere for lectures, multi media presentations, art house film screenings and performances.

  • Approx. Sq. Ft: 3,000
  • Seated: 250, Standing: 500

AMENITIES:

THE SCREENING ROOM

  • An intimate place for digital media, small lectures, solo and small performances, poetry readings and to read a book with a cup of tea.

THE VAULT

  • Exhibition Space for teaching and non commercial traveling exhibitions, and exhibits programmed by guest curators.
  • The Vault can be expanded into other parts of the Stables for larger projects.

 

THE LOFT

Located on the west end of the second story and overlooking the Great Hall, the Loft is a bright, airy space punctuated by the original warehouse windows that have framed the spectacular views of the box canyon since 1906.  The flexible spaces in the Loft can be transformed with steel and glass walls to accommodate smaller groups.  The Loft provides spaces for exhibits, events, lectures and gatherings, and is the perfect spot to listen to music, sip a glass of wine, and watch the alpenglow light up Ajax. 

  • Approx. Sq, Ft: 3,000
  • Seated: 250, Standing: 500

AMENITIES:

THE GALLERY STUDIOS 

  • Two flexible spaces with great lighting can be transformed into exhibition space, host smaller parties when town is full of people, and be transformed into working studios that host artists-in-residence during off seasons.

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.

OFFICES

  • Small offices are home to the Arts District and Warehouse operations.

THE CELLAR

The Cellar is the Warehouse underground set inside of the exterior walls to ensure stability of the historic structure. Perhaps an underground tunnel connects the Cellar with the Ah Haa School across the intersection, providing a safe passage way (well lit, for changing art exhibits, of course) for young students to come for hot cocoa and inspiration between classes, and for guests to flow between the two institutions with ease.

  • Approx. Sq, Ft: 4,000

AMENITIES:

THE KITCHEN

  • Will serve the whole building with a café menu and service for special events.

BATHROOMS

  • Easily accessed by elevator and stairs

STORAGE

  • Chairs, tables, etc will be stored away from the main floors to maximize usable space.

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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.
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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:

  • Filmmakers Parties
  • Artist Talks
  • Poets Circle
  • Downlow Story Night

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
  • The Table
  • The Studio Galleries
  • The Vault
  • The Screening Room
  • The Great Hall
  • 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.

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The Timeline


The Timeline



  • 1906: Telluride Transfer Warehouse Built
  • 1920: 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
  • 2014: The Lifton-Zolines and Telluride Institute present vision of Warehouse as a center for arts and education to Town 
  • 2015: The new Telluride Transfer Co. invites Telluride Arts to develop plan for developing warehouse, Lifton-Zolines "pass the baton"
  • June 2015: Purchase & Sale between Telluride Arts and Telluride Transfer Co 
  • 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 Parties
  • May 31, 2016: Transfer Co. Receives Approval for Development.
  • May 30, 2017: Architect Selection, Preliminary Design
  • 2017-2018: Design Approvals
  • 2017-2018: Masonry Conservation
  • January 2019: New Construction Starts
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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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Advisory Board:  Steven Gluckstern, 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

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