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Telluride Transfer Warehouse


A world class home for the arts, culture, and community.

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Telluride Transfer Warehouse


A world class home for the arts, culture, and community.

+   HISTORY

+   DESIGN

+   ART

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In the heart of Telluride, Colorado

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



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A Center for the Arts


Visionary, soulful, and deeply local, the Transfer Warehouse will provide a profound point of connection between regional and global, past and future, old and new.

A Center for the Arts


Visionary, soulful, and deeply local, the Transfer Warehouse will provide a profound point of connection between regional and global, past and future, old and new.

“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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PROGRAMMING


The Warehouse will be a game changer for the arts in Telluride.

PROGRAMMING


The Warehouse will be a game changer for the arts in Telluride.


the warehouse is designed to be open to the public on a daily basis, welcoming a flow of people who want to explore the historic landmark, and the powerful exhibitions and cultural events inside.


EXHIBITIONS

A 4,000 SF gallery space on the second floor will put Telluride on the map for high powered curated art installations and exhibitions produced in partnership with galleries, artists, museums, academic and arts institutions both locally and nationally.

This exciting new space is unlike anything in the region, and will drive other programs throughout the space, including artist lectures, community discussions, docent tours for all ages, films, classes, and other content-driven programming.

EVENTS

The Warehouse will have events that are open to the public daily, including live acoustic music centered around the grand piano in the great hall, pop-up exhibitions, shops, and temporary studios on the main floor, films, lectures, and live interviews in the underground hall, exhibitions and installations in the gallery, and artist talks and community conversations at the rooftop bar table.

Programming will be produced in collaboration with other institutions and foundations.

CAFE & BAR

There are two places in the building, on the main floor and the rooftop bar, that will provide food and beverage to create an inviting atmosphere that draws people into the building for quieter, focused cultural activities.

On the main floor, listen to music, poetry readings, a talk, browse the pop up exhibits, or sit and socialize with friends.

On the rooftop bar, enjoy talks around the table, receptions with artists, and take in the stunning views.

REntals

The building has been designed to serve the needs of the community with high caliber spaces that elevate arts and culture, and can be rented to provide operating income to subsidize the numerous free cultural activities provided to the public.

Four separate events can happen in the building at one time, some free, some ticketed, some public, some private.

This model provides reliable income to that ensure financial stability and accessibility for all.

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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 under construction now on the Town lot that neighbors the property, which will include underground public parking, and affordable housing units, and the proposed relocation of the Ah Haa School for the Arts.

The adaptive reuse of the Telluride Transfer Warehouse will forward the Telluride Master Plan to create a vibrant community center in the Four Corners region of town.

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.

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

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

The Telluride Transfer Warehouse will enable the cultural life in Telluride to flourish in pace with the growth of the town. It will be a world-class space for high-caliber arts and cultural events to flourish, and maintain the cultural vibrancy that distinguishes Telluride from other mountain towns.

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. 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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Other Details


Other Details



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: Penelope Gleason, Todd Brown, Meghann McCormick, Douglas Bradbury, Micheline Klagsbrun, Ken Meridith, Eric Cummings

Staff: Kate Jones, Executive Director, Molly Perrault, Programs and Galleries Manager, Elodie Jacobsen, Programs Assistant