Facilities & Grounds


Built in 1900, the Alternative Worksite building is a historical structure that we have adapted to the working and living needs of artists. A large portion of our 8,000 square foot Victorian house has been converted into large private studio spaces. Gravel and grassy areas are available for those interested in working outdoors. Each studio space has 12’ ceilings, abundant natural light from large windows with views of the mountains and the neighborhood, as well as track lights for working at night and presentation of artwork at open studios. Each space is equipped with work tables, tabourets, chairs, and storage. Upon arrival, residents will be assigned a studio space, based on residents’ proposals and applications. Assigned studio spaces cannot be switched or exchanged. Studios are open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week for residents’ use. 


Each resident will have a private sleep space furnished with either a twin or double bed, closet or wardrobe, linens, blankets, pillows, duvets, towels, robe, slippers, and hangers for your use while at AW. Hypoallergenic bedding is available upon request as well as extra blankets for the winter months.
Every room will have black out shades, nightstands, reading light, usb data chargers and ceiling fans.

Residents are responsible for their own room upkeep and trash removal. Cleaning supplies are provided, and residents are required to leave the accommodations in the same condition in which they were when they arrived.


Front Porch

Throughout the history of American architecture, trends have come and gone. But through many permutations in style, one element has remained: the porch. Few architectural features have been more important in the formation of a unique American identity than this highly beloved perch. The image of the front porch remains as one of the few semi-public outdoor spaces associated with community and neighborliness. Porches link us to an idealized past—one before e-mail (or even the telephone), when face- to-face interaction formed the core of communities. Then there are the practical considerations that have long kept the porch in favor- Porches add beauty to a streetscape, and they also offer environmental advantages by providing shade and breeze in the summer.

In the mid-1800s to the early 1900s, we loved our front porches, and by design, they were intended to “woo and welcome the weary wanderer.” Men, women and children passed many happy hours on the oversized front porch, and it was an open invitation for folks to drop by a “set a spell” (as we say in the south).

In pre-air conditioning days, the front porch also provided a welcome respite from the summer heat.

Last but not least, there were the salutary effects of fresh air. Primitive heating systems (usually fired by coal) had no filtration, and were probably partly to blame for the fact that so many children suffered from pulmonary diseases.  And there was a body of belief that fresh air was a cure for so many diseases. Being “cooped up” in an unevenly heated, often drafty old house was a recipe for disease, according to the prevailing thought of the day. In the early 1900s, a daily dose of fresh air was akin to today’s fascination with vitamins and herbal remedies. (In the 1920s, “sleeping porches” became the rage for this very reason.)

And we were a society of walkers. Most communities were full of walkers, on their daily rounds. Without modern refrigeration, excursions to the butcher, the grocer, the baker and the general store were daily events.

And if you passed by The Thornton Home on Thornrose Avenue and saw Rose sitting in her wicker swing on the front porch, it was de rigueur to walk up to (but not on) the front steps and say hello. If Rosemary was in a fittin’ mood, she’d invite you to “set down for a bit and rest a spell.”

Front porches were a significant piece of our social construct in the late 1800s and early 1900s.

Foyer and First Floor Lounge

The large foyer and downstairs lounge is a shared space with comfortable couches and chairs for reading, relaxing, and listening to music or local NPR radio on the Sonos Music System connected to Alexa. If using the music system, please be mindful of the adjacent studio spaces and sleep spaces and respect AW quiet hours.


There are six shared bathrooms as well as one private half bath. On
the first floor, there are two half baths as well as one full bath with a shower. On the second floor, there is one bath with a bathtub and shower, one bath with a shower, and one private half-bath. There is one half-bath on the third floor. Out of respect for the residents with whom you share a bathroom, please clean the shower, tub, and sinks after each use. Bath mats and hand towels are also located in each bathroom and will be laundered on a regular basis. These towels are for drying hands only and not to be used for cleaning. There are also a number of toiletries bottles located in each bathroom that you are welcome to use.


Residents are provided with two kitchens, one on the second floor and one on the first floor. Both have Breakfast “Nooks” which seat 4 people. Both kitchens are equipped with partially supplied pantries, and all necessary kitchen equipment including an induction cooktop, microwave, Keurig coffee maker, espresso machine, NutriBullet Blender, Instant Pot, electric griddle, and waffle maker. Please note there is no oven.

The pantry will contain some basic supplies and coffee and tea, but Residents will be expected to shop together the first Monday of their Residency. It is suggested that everyone chip in on supplementing the basics for all to share.

Dining Room

The first floor dining room seats ten people and has a digital projector and screen for lectures. Residents are encouraged to have dinner together as much as possible.

Project Space

Depending on space demands, AW may be able to accommodate residents wishing to use additional space for installation projects. Space will be allocated on a case-by-case basis. The project space is a shared space, available for use one or two weeks at a time. The project space is not intended to be a second studio space, but rather a clean space to review or document art work.

Media Room

The Media Room is an area for all residents to enjoy. It has a computer, color printer, flat screen television, art and theory library, carpet and couches. This room is located next to two studio and sleep spaces, so be mindful of your noise level while in this room.

If you take a library book to your individual quarters, please sign the book out. Please return any borrowed books to the library at the end of your stay.

Please check the ink and paper supply after each printer use; additionally, if you are using the printer for a project, you are responsible for purchasing a replacement ink cartridge so the other residents are able to use the printer. Please let us know when the ink has been ordered so we can track the ink usage or if you notice ink is running low and you have not been using it.

Outside Grounds

The back yard has a large lawn with table and chairs, umbrellas, a barbecue, a ping-pong table, lounge chairs, and a hammock for relaxing. It is also WiFi accessible.

The side yard has a large gravel area and is just outside the shop. Residents may use this area for all messy work, but we ask that you use drop cloths available in the shop if you are painting or using any materials that spill.


The shop is located in the basement. It is accessible from the exterior door off the gravel yard and also from the first floor kitchen. The shop has two large, deep utility sinks for washing brushes and other art making tools. No liquids are to be disposed of in theres sinks- they are for washing up only.
Please see Studio Safety and Procedures Guide for proper disposal of waste.

The shop has various tools and supplies which are available for your use, but materials are limited. You are responsible for bringing or purchasing any supplies you might need.

Always practice “safety first” when using tools in the wood shop. You must pass a basic power tool training test in the first week of your Residency if you intend on using the power tools. Safety glasses must be used when using power tools. Any tools taken out of the shop for use in the private studios must be checked out and returned as soon as the Resident is finished using them.


•  Private studios with hardwood floors, great natural light as well as track lighting. 

•  Each studio is equipped with work tables, seating and storage.

Exhibition Spaces

•  Three 500 sq ft Exhibition Spaces, two Project Spaces, one with direct access to the street. A large Dining and Conference Room, which can also function as a Video Projection Room. 

Workshop Space

•  1200 sq ft open workshop space, utility sink, natural and flourescent light.

Supply Room

•  A shared supply room with basic art materials and tools. 

Main Residency Spaces

•  Private bedrooms with large common spaces, fully furnished and recently renovated. All linens and bedding is provided as well as bath towels and accessories. 

•  Private and shared bathrooms.

•  Common spaces include: comfortably furnished living room, dining room with a table that can seat 6 to 10 people, large kitchen and open gallery space(s) configurable for studio work.

•  Two kitchens and pantry. 

•  Laundry facilities.

•  Media, computer and entertainment room.


•  Outdoor lounging area, large lawn, wraparound front porch, parking area.

Sleep Space 4

Library+Media Common Area

Sleep Space 1



•  Woodshop equipped with a table saw, chop saw, compressor and basic power and hand tools.

•  Desktop computer and color printer.

•  Flat screen TV.


•  Comprehensive and collected editions of art books including, monographs, art theory, history and philosophy.

Outdoor Amenities

 •  Bar-b-que, hammock, and two bicycles.

Internet Access

•  Wireless high speed internet provided in all work studios, living and common areas. 


•  Residents are provided with a semi-equipped pantry and refrigerator (cooking necessities included).

•  A monthly stipend is allotted for residents to purchase and fill the refrigerator/ pantry as needed.

Cleaning and Laundry

•  Cleaning and laundry service provided weekly. 


•  Clarke Avenue is wheelchair accessible. 


•  Smoking permitted outdoors only. 


•  Guests are welcome on a limited basis with advance notice and approval. 

Outdoor Lounging Area

Front Porch

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