A Brief History
Philadelphia’s only artist-owned & operated live + studio building was founded in 1989 as the Artists Housing Project. With funding provided by the Pew Charitable Trusts, the William Penn Foundation, and other organizations, the Philadelphia Historic Preservation Corporation (PHPC) oversaw development, which was coordinated by urban planner (and resident since 1993) David LaFontaine.
PHPC found a vacant, 22,000 SF, 1919 factory building on a mostly blacktopped 1.5-acre lot in the Germantown area of Philadelphia. We incorporated as Greene Street Artists Corporation (GSAC) to be able to purchase the building in December 1991. It was renovated into 17 live/studio units, and received a certificate of occupancy in June 1992.
Since that time, about 50 artists have lived here (plus a few children). Six founding members and 11 additional participating artists currently live here, do their creative work here, and contribute to GSAC’s ongoing success.
Operating as a cooperative, we are self-managed, which entails participation by all members. We are fiscally sound, and provide the building and property with continuing maintenance and periodic improvements.
To Become a Member
When a member must sell his or her unit, it is the shareowner’s responsibility
to find a buyer. GSAC’s Membership & Policy and Finance Committees
review all applicants and endeavor to communicate the advantages
and responsibilities of becoming a GSAC member of this ongoing living artwork.
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