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1617 S. BroadwayGoogle map
Rehabbed commercial space is available for rent as artist work space on a weekly basis for $40 or by the month for $115. Tenants have 24/7 card entry, and the landlord, Steins Broadway, provides insurance and utilities.
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.
Following the lead of Crestwood Court, Chesterfield Mall is renting some space to arts organizations.
Chouteau's Landing Google map
Located a few blocks from Busch Stadium, Chouteau’s Landing is one of St. Louis’ oldest districts. With 58 acres slated for mixed-use redevelopment, Chouteau’s Landing will soon be transformed into an energetic art district distinctively styled with SoHo-style lofts, historic commercial buildings and new construction. Some of the spaces would make a great art studio for one or more artists with loft-style ceilings and lots of natural light. If you are interested in studio space, contact Gelinda Connell at (314) 588-9859. Otherwise, contact Andy Murphy about commercial leasing at (314) 994-4093.
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
Crossroads Art Studios
501 N. Kingshighway, St. Charles 63301 Google map
Main level studio that includes access to a central gallery to display work. Rent is $250 per month.
This commercial brokerage firm lists a variety of properties in the city's historic neighborhoods, including:
1644 Jefferson, St. Louis, MO 63104 Google map 2610 Delmar, St. Louis, MO 63103 Google map
Crown Square, 2600-2718 N. 14th Street, St. Louis, MO 63106 Google map
1338 S. Kingshighway, St. Louis, MO 63110 Google map
5029 Northrup, St. Louis 63110, MO Google map
2727 S. Jefferson, St. Louis 63118, MO Google map
2716 Pestalozzi, St. Louis 63118, MO Google map
For more information, see the flyers on the Duffe-Nuernberger website or call (314) 771-5335.
Flavor Dance Studio
5860 Delmar, Ste. 106, St. Louis, MO 63112 Google map
This 1,200 square foot dance studio (sprung hardwood flooring, sound system, mirrors and secure parking) is available for rent ($15-25/hr.).
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.
Historic Lemp Brewery
3500 Lemp, St. Louis, MO 63118 Google map
This 19th century landmark is an active artist community within a 29-building complex. Unique studios with distinctive architectural character from 500 to 10,000 square feet. Tenants have 24/7 access to their spaces. Lease terms are flexible and very reasonable.
(314) 577-0405 ext. 2
Jacoby Arts Center
627 East Broadway, Alton, IL 62002 Google map
Coming soon: Seven artist studios and adjacent common space on the center's lower level. Rents is $300 or $400. Artists must submit a written application.
Leather Trades Lofts
1604 Locust, St. Louis, MO 63103 Google map
Minneapolis-based Dominium has announced plans to transform 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.
The Luminary Center for the Arts
4900 Reber Place, St. Louis, MO 63139 Google map
The Luminary Center for the Arts has studio space, but operates it as a residency program rather than making the space available for rent. The program is designed for emerging artists seeking professional development, space to work and dedicated financial support. Applications are available for download at and are accepted on a rolling basis.
James McAnally, director
(314) 807-5984 email@example.com
Maplewood boasts a growing arts scene thanks, in part, to its cheap rents and central location.
Rachelle L'Ecuyer, director community development
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 Coworking 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 coworking options, shared resources, positive community and experience; not just a place to work. Nebula Coworking provides very affordable space to artists, nonprofits, independent contractors, small businesses and creative professionals looking for a place to build, create, develop and collaborate.
North Loop Art Studios
6725 Olive Boulevard, University City, MO 63130 Google map
Sheldon Johnson, Johnson Group
(314) 862-3000 ext. 108
1310 South 18th Street, St. Louis, MO 63104 Google map
Open Lot is a collaborative studio and exhibition space in Lafayette Square.
(314) 800-6517 firstname.lastname@example.org
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
5201 Pernod, St. Louis, MO 63129 Google map
Live/work and studio only space for rent, $350-$550/month. Parking and storage are available, and pets are allowed. The building also is for sale.
1919 South Grand, St. Louis MO 63110 Google map
Partially finished space formally occupied by an architecture firm: 2,500 square feet available. Parking, storage and pets allowed.
5832 Macklind Ave., 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 included utilities. There is also a common dining area. Robert Michelmann
(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.
STL Writers' Room
2101 Locust Street, St. Louis, MO 63103 Google map
This unique, membership organization that offers area writers (and other freelancers) a place to work and collaborate among a community of peers. Open 24/7 to writers of any genre or industry, this is an alternative to the sub-par conditions of the workplace, coffee shop or home-office. Rent: $60 to $116/month.
Tower Grove East Artist Studios
3500, 3502 Utah Street, St. Louis, MO 63118 Google map
Several artist workspaces are available for rent in this building. Rent ranges from $125 to $500 month. Storage is available. All units have zoned heating and AC. Other amenities: parking pad at rear of building, alarm system on some units, large sinks. One storefront studio.
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.
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.
Another great resource is Square Feet Chicago, which contains 27 easy-to-understand chapters covering specific aspects of securing space. While some of the information is specific to Chicago, much of it will be useful to artists and arts organizations in Illinois and Missouri.
"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, attorney
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