Chandler Branch's Blog

Construction Update: Phase One Nearing Completion

Photo by Linda MuellerProgress continues on building out our new gallery/café space at 1223 Pine Street in the Park Pacific building in downtown St. Louis. Phase One of the project is nearing completion. This includes demolition, wall framing and plumbing rough-in for the café area. Phase Two, which we hope to begin next week, will include installation of ductwork for the heating and cooling system and rough-in of all electrical items. Goals for the third and final phase include installing drywall, floor treatment, lighting fixtures and electrical devices. We hope to have all three phases completed by July, pending neccesary funding.

Photo by Linda Mueller
I'm so grateful for the financial support Art Saint Louis continues to receive from our community, especially from so many artists, on behalf of this relocation project. To those of you who have alreadly stepped up to partner with us in this campaign, I must tell you again how I so appreciate your support! Art Saint Louis is moving forward toward a great future with your help.

The need for funding continues and fundraising efforts are ongoing. Next month we will take the message to the largest possible audience with a community-wide appeal on  We'll be offering some fantastic perks for our campaign backers, including some delicious, locally-roasted coffee compliments of our café partners, Mississippi Mud Coffee Roasters. Stay tuned for details...

Photo by Linda Mueller



Construction underway on the new gallery & café

After so many months of planning and anticipation, I really enjoyed visiting the Park Pacific building this morning and seeing the work underway on our new home at 1223 Pine Street. Seriously, it’s a thrill for me to see this project moving from concept to reality. I just hope the necessary funding will continue to come in so we can see it all through to completion. I’ll write more on that soon. Meanwhile, here’s a video snapshot of this morning’s work in progress:

I was sipping some Mississippi Mud Coffee as I made the rounds this morning and enjoying a blueberry scone compliments of Christopher Ruess, founder and owner of Mississippi Mud Coffee Roasters and our café partner with this project. I do enjoy coffee, and yes, Chris’ gift this morning was absolutely delicious. Up to this point in my life I’ve managed to avoid forming anything in the way of a coffee addiction, but I really don’t know how long I’ll be able to keep that up living with it every day! Guess I’ll just have to take my chances with that. 


Happy to spread the word

Arcade Building, downtown St. LouisOur friends at PLACE are making sure every artist in St. Louis has a chance to voice their thoughts and opinions about new artist live/work lofts in the historic Arcade Building here in downtown St. Louis. You can take the 3-minute survey here , and do pass it along to anyone you know who might be interested.

The survey is not just for visual artists. As PLACE relayes it, "However you name yourself in your creative endeavors -- including but definitely not limited to Performing Artist, Dancer, Musician, Visual Artist, Painter, Sculptor, Culinary Artist, Graphic Artist, Writer, Illustrator, Filmmaker, Documentarian, Storyteller, Conductor, Puppeteer, Textile Artist, Weaver, Actor, Ceramic Artist, Poet, Arts Leader, Designer - if you are interested in becoming part of a new live/work community in downtown St. Louis, we'd love to hear from you!"


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