Save the Historic Nurse's Building - Support Artspace USA

SAVE THE HISTORICNURSES' BUILDING

June 3, 2013

The beautiful and historic Jefferson Davis Hospital nurses' quarters building was damaged in a suspicious fire on April 25, 2013.

The nurses' building property is owned by Harris County and has been for sale for some time, but was originally part of the Jefferson Davis Hospital, it is the first city-county hospital in Houston. More than 10 years ago, the adjoining hospital was renovated by Artspace USA and Avenue CDC into the Elder Street Artist Lofts, a rent-controlled housing development for members of Houston's creative community. Earlier this year, the same property became home to the First Ward Community Garden, where neighborhood residents grow fresh fruits and vegetables for area residents as well as for programs that feed Houston's hungry.

Residents of the First Ward and Elder Street Artist Lofts are urging the City of Houston and Harris County to find a way to preserve and utilize the historic nurses' building.

PLEASE LEND YOUR VOICE TO THIS EFFORT!

Janis Barnard

First Ward Civic Council Member/First Ward Resident
Founding Chair and Caretaker of the First Ward Community GardenChair of "Save the Nurses' Quarters" First Ward Civic Council

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We view Elder Street Artist Lofts as a very successful project and a direct fit with our mission and business objectives. We are aware of previous efforts by the County to auction the nurses' building project and the terms of the auction were not viable for Artspace. The nurses' building provides a good opportunity to expand the scope of the Elder Street Artist Lofts project if local support exists toassist Artspace in its redevelopment.

Bill Mague

VP/Portfolio Director - Artspace USA

"Building better communities through the arts"

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Elder Street Artist Lofts is home to 20 original residents from the opening in 2005-2006 and continues to remain 100% occupied. There is an overwhelming demand for affordable live/work space in the City of Houston. The historicnurses' building would be theideal expansion toprovidethe much needed affordable housing anda perfectadditionto our thriving community.

Suzie Branch

Property Manager - Elder Street Artist Lofts

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SUPPORT ARTSPACE USA & THE PRESERVATION OF THE HISTORIC NURSES' QUARTERS

PROVIDE MORE AFFORDABLE LIVING/WORK SPACE FOR HOUSTON ARTISTS

SUPPORT THE HOUSTON ARTS COMMUNITY

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Elder Street Artist Lofts and the First Ward Residents

Links

http://www.artspaceusa.org/

http://www.firstwardhouston.org/

 

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