The City of Lakewood’s Heritage Culture & the Arts (HCA) Division is excited to announce an infrastructure improvement project at Washington Heights Arts Center, 6375 W. First Ave., to ensure the longevity of the historic building. The work will require the arts center to close to the public at 12:30 p.m. on Jan. 25 and remain closed into the spring. A full closure of the space will result in a shorter construction timeline and cost savings. Whitestone Construction Services, which has experience with historic preservation, will complete the facility updates while maintaining the historical and architectural integrity of the building.
The building was originally constructed as a schoolhouse more than 120 years ago and is listed in the Colorado State Register of Historic Properties. The Washington Heights School opened in 1898 and expanded twice to accommodate the growing community. It was the oldest continuously operating school in Lakewood when it closed in 1968. Since that time, the building was used for a variety of purposes before becoming Lakewood’s Washington Heights Arts Center in 1998. The arts center has enriched the community by offering a variety of cultural arts educational opportunities for all ages and abilities, including classes in pottery, weaving, drawing, painting, papermaking, jewelry and metals, mosaics and more.
Lakewood is dedicated to preserving this historic structure for our community’s continued enjoyment. The rehabilitation and maintenance efforts are being guided by a building assessment conducted in October 2015. Much of this work will be unseen improvements such as floor framing upgrades, a new heating and cooling system, fire system upgrades and exterior drainage. Visible improvements will include new flooring in the pottery studio, a new sink in the art studio and new office space for arts center staff.
Construction updates and a reopening celebration announcement will be made at Lakewood.org/WashingtonHeights.
Posted on: Tuesday, January 08, 2019