800 Olive Street, St. Louis, MO 63101 Google map
With over 13,000 square feet of shared work and studio spaces, this collaborative community was designed to embrace and support local artists. One of the city’s best examples of a Gothic revival high-rise, this National Historic Landmark offers spectacular 1 and 2 bedroom floor plans with affordable rents from $659. Arcade Artist Apartments feature tall ceilings, open floor plans, beautiful maple cabinetry, stainless steel appliances, marble counter-tops and concrete flooring.
1527 Washington Avenue, St. Louis, MO 63103 Google map
ArtLoft, which opened in 1996, turned a 10-story vacant warehouse into 63 live/work units for low-income working artists and began the transformation of the mostly abandoned former garment district into the Washington Avenue Loft District. Now income limits have been eliminated and the ground floor is being transformed into working studio spaces.
CAMP Community Center Studios
3026 Cherokee Street, St. Louis, MO 63118 Google map
Located right on Cherokee near other galleries, these artists studios are on the 2nd floor in the CAMP community center. We have 3 studios with separate lockable entrances, lighted private entrance, 1 full bath and small seating room, window unit A/C, new energy-efficient windows, access to 2,500 sq. ft. public space that could serve as a gallery for openings, and garden and green space in the rear. CAMP has youth arts programs, bike shop classes, and hosts the Cherokee Farmers Market. $225/month per studio plus utilities.
Located just a few minutes south of downtown, Cherokee Street is known for its antique shops, Hispanic restaurants, bars and galleries. The best way to find out about live/work spaces in this artist-friendly neighborhood is on the Cherokee Art Happenings. Another good source is South Side Spaces.
Chesterfield Mall is renting some space to arts organizations.
Concrete Ocean Art Gallery/Mojo Studios
2257 Jefferson Avenue, St. Louis, MO 63104 Google map
Art gallery with studio work space available for rent.
501 N. Grand Boulevard, St. Louis, MO 63108 Google map
Craft Alliance’s Artist-in-Residence program in Grand Center encourages emerging and mid-career artists by providing them a workspace free-of-charge, access to a built-in audience, and an opportunity to exhibit and sell their work. Currently available to artists working in clay, fiber and small metals.
(314) 534-7528 ext. 301
The Finesse Center
1204 Washington Ave., Suite 400, St. Louis, MO 63103 Google map
Created in honor of Tyrell “Rell Finesse” Thompson, this co-working and event space offers lots of affordable space options.
3139A S. Grand, Ste. 201, St. Louis, MO 63118 Google map
This 1,500 square foot studio, located over the City Diner, is available for rent Monday thru Sunday with rates ranging from $15 to $25/hr.
Foundry Art Centre
520 North Main Street, St. Charles, MO 63301 Google map
Located on the riverbank in the historic Frenchtown district of St. Charles, the Foundry resides in what was once a train car factory. Rather than demolish this 1940s structure, the region’s arts community and the local officials saw the potential for the 36,800 square foot building. Studios for artists were built on a mezzanine level of the renovated building. The studios feature open glass fronts that allow visitors to see artists at work. Artist wishing to lease a studio from FAC should request an application form by sending a SASE to Foundry Art Centre, 520 North Main Street, St. Charles, MO 63301.
This commercial brokerage firm lists a variety of city properties.
This commercial brokerage firm lists a variety of industrial and other city properties.
Jacoby Arts Center
627 East Broadway, Alton, IL 62002 Google map
Artist studios and adjacent common space on the center’s lower level. Small Studio (13.5′ x 18.5′ – 250 sq. ft.): $150/month. Large Studio (17.5′ x 18.5′ – 324 sq. ft.): $200/month. Deposit: 1 month rental fee; key deposit: $25. $20/hour for small and large studios; $40/hour for common space. Call (618) 462-5222 for more details or to schedule an appointment to view available space.
Leather Trades Lofts
1604 Locust, St. Louis, MO 63103 Google map
Minneapolis-based Dominium transformed the eight-story building into 86 apartment units catering to artists with one-bedroom units renting from $675 and two-bedroom units with rent starting at $825.
2701 Cherokee, St. Louis, MO 63118 Google map
The Luminary Center for the Arts operates a residency program designed for emerging artists seeking professional development and space to work. Applications are available for download and are accepted on a rolling basis. A limited number of subsidized studios also are available.
James McAnally, director
Metropolitan Artists Lofts
500 N. Grand, St. Louis, MO 63103 Google map
Dominium Development of Minneapolis, the company that renovated the Leather Trades Building, transformed this Midtown jewel into 72 live/work lofts for artists. Affordable rents.
3407 S. Jefferson, St. Louis MO, 63118 Google map
Nebula is a collaborative workspace for innovative businesses and creative professionals located at the southwest corner of Cherokee and Jefferson. Its mission is to support and help facilitate visionary and quality business individuals and organizations by providing flexible, affordable and convenient co-working options, shared resources, and positive community and experience, not just a place to work. Nebula provides very affordable space to artists, nonprofits, independent contractors, small businesses and creative professionals looking for a place to build, create, develop and collaborate.
Orr Street Studios
106 Orr Street, Columbia, MO 65201 Google map
Orr Street Studios, which opened in 2007, is the brainchild of Columbia architect Mark Timberlake and sculptor Chris Teeter. The former Watkins Roofing building now houses artist studios, a gallery and community events.
Mary Kroening, director
PO Box 2703, St. Louis, MO 63116
Paul Artspace is an artist residency program that offers living and studio space for local, national and international artists. The residencies are typically four to six weeks. In addition to the focused studio time provided by the residency, the organization assists the artists with arranged studio visits with local arts professionals, invitations to lecture on their work, giving workshops at local institutions and participating in a scheduled open studio day.
5832 Macklind Avenue, St. Louis MO 63109
The Santo Foundation was established to recognize and assist the careers of individual visual artists. Its mission is to provide individual artists grants, travel stipends and artist-in-residence studios in major cultural centers. The Foundation also is pro-active in assisting artists in obtaining studio space.
Soulard Fine Arts Building
1007 Russell Boulevard, St. Louis, MO 63104 Google map
In early 1990, the former Jersey Farm Dairy building was transformed by Robert Michelmann and a partner into a unique visual artists’ community, now known as the Soulard Fine Arts Building. There are sixteen artists in the building each with his/her own studio. The sizes of the studios vary in size from 400 sq. feet to 3,500 sq. feet. The reasonable rent includes utilities. There is also a common dining area.
(800) 727-6326 ext. 107
South Side Spaces
South Side Spaces offers a variety of residential, commercial and creative spaces in South St. Louis. The company specializes in historic renovations that preserve the original character of the building while providing the convenience of modern amenities. By embracing the cultural, artistic and historic assets that already exist in St. Louis, South Side Spaces hopes to contribute to and help grow diverse urban communities that are socially and economically healthy. All of the company’s spaces are located in walkable areas that provide a unique sense of place.
4818 Washington, St. Louis MO 63108 Google map
Housed in a 1920’s-era Pierce Arrow Motor Car facility, the TechArtista center has over 300 members and partners sharing space, ideas and resources.
3957 Park Avenue, St. Louis MO 63110 Google map
This centrally located rehearsal facility offers safe off-street parking, onsite lounge/game room, snack bar, equipment rentals and a great atmosphere. Hourly rates range from $15-20/hour per room. Monthly memberships also are available, and private studios with 24/7 access can be rented with or without a lease.
Artists, before signing a lease, please read our Guide to Leasing Studio Space.
Arts organizations, excellent information about space choices, moving and facilities projects is available on the Nonprofit Finance Fund site. Also for nonprofits, IFF provides below market financing and other real-estate related resources.
“There is a lot more to leasing commercial space than just figuring out what your base rent will be. A studio lease can be a very complex legal document and should not be taken lightly — your landlord may not even know what it says. The fine print is often full of pitfalls, and you should always contact an attorney before signing one.”
Thomas B. Smallwood