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YES!


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YES!


The Telluride Transfer Warehouse is quintessential Telluride: historic, intimate, HIGH CALIBER.

A permanent home for arts and ideas at the heart of our community, IN the spectacular san juan mountains in southwestern colorado.

it's happening!

The Transfer Warehouse will be a light-filled space where people who love Telluride will gather for intimate experiences in world-class architecture.  The Warehouse is quintessential Telluride, and a magnet for artists from across the globe. The space will inspire with museum-quality exhibitions and installations, lectures, music, literary events, small film screenings, artist presentations, public gatherings, meetings, artists-in-residence and more. It will be a true community gathering place where we can connect with each other, the world, and Telluride’s rich history.

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The Vision


The Warehouse will be an extraordinary home for arts and ideas at the heart of our community. The sandstone of the National Historic Landmark will encase stunning contemporary spaces that will host programming that advances the intellectual and cultural life of Telluride.

The Vision


The Warehouse will be an extraordinary home for arts and ideas at the heart of our community. The sandstone of the National Historic Landmark will encase stunning contemporary spaces that will host programming that advances the intellectual and cultural life of Telluride.

THE spaces 


THE GREAT HALL

Located at the east main entry of the building, the Great Hall is a soaring space, featuring beautiful exposed original stone, that is open from the ground floor to the retractable roof that opens year round to enjoy remarkable blue bird days and starry nights. The Great Hall is a welcoming, hospitable space that draws people in off the street for daily public use of the bar/café and to lounge by the fireplace, listen to acoustic music and explore the exhibits in the galleries. 

  • Approx. Sq, Ft: 2,000
  • Seated: 200, Standing: 300

AMENITIES:

The Warehouse Bar & Café

  • Features a cafe menu, cocktails and great coffee and tea.

The Shop

  • Small museum style shop will sell artful items, tickets to local events, and double as the reception for the Warehouse and concierge for the Arts District.

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THE STABLES

Located in the lower west half of the main floor, the Stables provides a warm, more intimate, lounge-type atmosphere for lectures, multi media presentations, art house film screenings and performances.

  • Approx. Sq. Ft: 3,000
  • Seated: 250, Standing: 500

AMENITIES:

THE SCREENING ROOM

  • An intimate place for digital media, small lectures, solo and small performances, poetry readings and to read a book with a cup of tea.

THE VAULT

  • Exhibition Space for teaching and non commercial traveling exhibitions, and exhibits programmed by guest curators.
  • The Vault can be expanded into other parts of the Stables for larger projects.

 

THE LOFT

Located on the west end of the second story and overlooking the Great Hall, the Loft is a bright, airy space punctuated by the original warehouse windows that have framed the spectacular views of the box canyon since 1906.  The flexible spaces in the Loft can be transformed with steel and glass walls to accommodate smaller groups.  The Loft provides spaces for exhibits, events, lectures and gatherings, and is the perfect spot to listen to music, sip a glass of wine, and watch the alpenglow light up Ajax. 

  • Approx. Sq, Ft: 3,000
  • Seated: 250, Standing: 500

AMENITIES:

THE GALLERY STUDIOS 

  • Two flexible spaces with great lighting can be transformed into exhibition space, host smaller parties when town is full of people, and be transformed into working studios that host artists-in-residence during off seasons.

THE TABLE

  • One of the more inspirational places in town to sit for a meeting, book club, study group, or an intimate wine dinner hosted by one of our outstanding local chefs.

OFFICES

  • Small offices are home to the Arts District and Warehouse operations.

THE CELLAR

The Cellar is the Warehouse underground set inside of the exterior walls to ensure stability of the historic structure. Perhaps an underground tunnel connects the Cellar with the Ah Haa School across the intersection, providing a safe passage way (well lit, for changing art exhibits, of course) for young students to come for hot cocoa and inspiration between classes, and for guests to flow between the two institutions with ease.

  • Approx. Sq, Ft: 4,000

AMENITIES:

THE KITCHEN

  • Will serve the whole building with a café menu and service for special events.

BATHROOMS

  • Easily accessed by elevator and stairs

STORAGE

  • Chairs, tables, etc will be stored away from the main floors to maximize usable space.

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HERE ARE SOME FACTS

  • The footprint of the Telluride Transfer Warehouse is 6,115 square feet.
  • The building once had a full second floor, so historically the building had 12,230 square feet of space, plus a small underground boiler room.
  • The Warehouse is a protected National Historic Landmark and the exterior will be restored to its original character.
  • A Sustainable Facilities Analysis was conducted by ArtSpace to help us identify the best and highest possible use for the Telluride Transfer Warehouse for our community.
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Visit


Wondering what's actually going to happen in the Warehouse once it's complete? Join us in envisioning what a rich cultural life the Warehouse will support.  Come in....

Visit


Wondering what's actually going to happen in the Warehouse once it's complete? Join us in envisioning what a rich cultural life the Warehouse will support.  Come in....

a day in the life of the warehouse

ADDRESS: 201 South Fir Street, one block south of Colorado Avenue on the corner of Pacific and Fir Streets

REGULAR HOURS: Sunday-Wednesday 8am-8pm, Thursday, Friday, Saturday 8am-11pm // TELLURIDE ARTS OFFICE HOURS: Monday-Friday 10am-5pm

Admission to The Warehouse is free and open to the public, except for special events.


CAFE & BAR

Grab a bite to eat, a cup of coffee, a craft cocktail or glass of wine and lounge in the great hall by the fire, listen to acoustic music most evenings, or enjoy the stunning views and sunshine in the loft.

Places to enjoy a bite and a beverage:

  • The Loft
  • The Table
  • The Great Hall

EXHIBITIONS

The Warehouse presents six to eight visual arts exhibitions each year. The Warehouse does not have a permanent collection but focuses its exhibitions on contemporary themes and ideas. Exhibitions are curated by guest curators and staff.

  • Current Exhibitions
  • Past Exhibitions
  • Upcoming Exhibitions
  • Schedule a guided tour


EVENTS

The Warehouse has a full calendar of events that are open to the public. See our calendar for a full listing, or explore our series below.

  • Exhibition Guided Tours
  • Telluride Art Walk Openings
  • Arts & Ideas Lecture Series
  • Warehouse Unplugged Concerts
  • Twenty(by)Telluride

Our Partners Events Sample:

  • Filmmakers Parties
  • Artist Talks
  • Poets Circle
  • Downlow Story Night

RESERVE A SPACE

Spaces are available to reserve for private functions and events on a part time basis. See above for specific descriptions of the spaces in the Warehouse.

  • The Loft
  • The Table
  • The Studio Galleries
  • The Vault
  • The Screening Room
  • The Great Hall
  • Warehouse Buy-Out

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The Opportunity


The Telluride Transfer Warehouse is an iconic, treasured building in the Telluride Historic Landmark District in need of restoration.

The Opportunity


The Telluride Transfer Warehouse is an iconic, treasured building in the Telluride Historic Landmark District in need of restoration.


Telluride offers a unique combination of Rocky Mountain beauty, year-round outdoor sports and cultural sophistication.  The high quality of arts programming, intellectual dialogue and interest in the arts is remarkable for such a small rural mountain community, and is a powerful counterpoint to the rich history of the town.  As Telluride inevitably grows and evolves, Telluride Arts is leading the effort to nurture and support the arts and culture in Telluride. 

At this time, Telluride Arts is developing the beloved Telluride Transfer Warehouse into a permanent home for the arts and culture of Telluride.  Preserving a significant historic landmark within Telluride for community space, rather than private homes and commercial ventures, drives the urgency of this project.

The Telluride Transfer Warehouse has been roofless and deteriorating since 1978. The sandstone structure was built by the Telluride Transfer Company in 1906 and was the center of the Warehouse District that served the mining industry. It was a bustling hub where people and goods flowed from the trains, through the building, and out into the towns and the mines. The history inspires our vision for its future as the Telluride Center for the Arts. The iconic, historic exterior will encase a light filled, contemporary space that is a magnet for extraordinary art, culture, and ideas from across the globe. The Warehouse provides a one-of-a-kind opportunity for people to connect with Telluride’s rich history at the heart of our community. 

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The Place


Restoration and adaptive reuse of the Warehouse will strengthen both the Telluride National Historic Landmark District and the Telluride Arts District.

The Place


Restoration and adaptive reuse of the Warehouse will strengthen both the Telluride National Historic Landmark District and the Telluride Arts District.


The Telluride Transfer Warehouse will be beautiful space in the heart of downtown Telluride, and an anchor for the Telluride Arts District.

The Warehouse will complement the new building proposed for the Town lot that neighbors the property, which will include the relocation of the Ah Haa School for the Arts, underground parking, and affordable housing units.

The adaptive reuse of the Telluride Transfer Warehouse will forward the Telluride Master Plan to create a vibrant community corridor with affordable housing, the Warehouse arts center, the Ah Haa School for the Arts and the Wilkinson Public Library. 

The Warehouse will forward the Telluride Cultural Master Plan priority to secure expanded and improved spaces for the arts which is so essential to the vibrancy of our cultural life in Telluride.

(The Stronghouse building, now home to artist studios, is currently for sale as a condo. It will be a commercial space as per the PUD.)

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The History


The Telluride Transfer Warehouse is eligible for inclusion in the National Register of Historic Places, and in the State Register of Historic Properties. It is also a strongly contributing resource located within the Telluride National Historic Landmark District.

The History


The Telluride Transfer Warehouse is eligible for inclusion in the National Register of Historic Places, and in the State Register of Historic Properties. It is also a strongly contributing resource located within the Telluride National Historic Landmark District.


THE HISTORIC SIGNIFICANCE

"Built in 1906, the Telluride Transfer Company Warehouse is an imposing, two-story, sandstone structure located at the southwest corner of Pacific Avenue and Fir Street in Telluride, Colorado. The building served as the livery barn, warehouse, and office for the Telluride Transfer Company until the 1950s, and has been allowed to slowly deteriorate since that time. The building remained in use as commercial storage and as a filling station until 1978. Its roof collapsed in the spring of 1979.

--From the Colorado Cultural Resource Survey Architectural Inventory Form

More about the historic significance +

 

THE SCHULER FAMILY

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The Schuler Family bought the building and surrounding properties from Bill Nardine, and owned them for many years before selling it to Joe Zoline in 1986. Bucky Schuler and his father Babe Schuler ran a hauling company, a garage, a dealership, and gas station in the Warehouse. Cars were stored on the second story that was accessed by a wooden ramp. Bucky and his wife Pat are known for being humble and generous community members who owned numerous businesses around town.

Interview with Bucky, Pat and Jamie Schuler hosted by George Greenbank in the summer of 2015 +

Listen to 2015 interview with Schulers +

THE ZOLINE FAMILY

Joe Zoline, the visionary founder of the Telluride Ski Area, purchased the property on the SW corner of Fir and Pacific Street from the Telluride Transfer Company in 1968.  He continued use of the Transfer Warehouse as downtown gas station and storage facility until 1978. In the spring of 1979 the roof collapsed from a heavy snow load; it was the first winter the building had not been heated. 

Since that time Joe’s daughter and son in law, Pamela and John Lifton-Zoline, and Joe’s son Thomas, have been thoughtful stewards of the building, bracing and protecting the walls for 34 years.

More about the Zoline family +

 

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The Need


The Telluride Transfer Warehouse project is an extraordinary opportunity to preserve an iconic historic landmark and provide space that matches the caliber of arts and cultural events that will continue to flourish in, and define, Telluride.

The Need


The Telluride Transfer Warehouse project is an extraordinary opportunity to preserve an iconic historic landmark and provide space that matches the caliber of arts and cultural events that will continue to flourish in, and define, Telluride.


The Telluride Arts District follows the boundaries of the Town of Telluride, and contains a remarkable concentration of arts and cultural activity that engages artists from around the region and across the globe. 

Artists have helped create the Telluride that we all love--brimming with interesting exhibits and events that leave lasting impressions on our lives.

The 2012 Telluride Cultural Master Plan revealed a demonstrated need for increased and expanded space for the arts in the District. 

While many established and wonderful cultural institutions that serve a variety of programs already exist, we know that they will not satisfy the increased need for space now and into the future. In fact, the Ah Haa School has a need for more classroom space, the Stronghouse Studios will be displaced, and the Library Program Room is bursting at the seams, to name just a few.

There are some missing pieces in our cultural landscape that, if not secured, will constrict the arts over time. 

In order to maintain the vibrancy that artists and cultural events bring to our community, we need to secure additional and high-caliber space for the arts. The Telluride Transfer Warehouse will be world-class space for high-caliber arts and cultural events to flourish in Telluride.

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The Timeline


The new Telluride Transfer Co. is seeking approval for the Southwest corner development in the spring of 2015. An agreement for the Transfer Warehouse will be part of their proposal.

The Timeline


The new Telluride Transfer Co. is seeking approval for the Southwest corner development in the spring of 2015. An agreement for the Transfer Warehouse will be part of their proposal.


  • 1906: Telluride Transfer Warehouse Built
  • 1920: Schuler Family Purchases Warehouse and Properties
  • 1968: Zoline Family Purchases Purchases Warehouse and Properties
  • 1979: Roof Caves in on Telluride Transfer Warehouse
  • 2013: The New Telluride Transfer Co. purchase warehouse and adjacent lots
  • 2014: The Lifton-Zolines and Telluride Institute present vision of Warehouse as a center for arts and education to Town 
  • 2015: The new Telluride Transfer Co. invites Telluride Arts to develop plan for developing warehouse, Lifton-Zolines "pass the baton"
  • June 2015: Purchase & Sale between Telluride Arts and Telluride Transfer Co finalized. Earnest Money Deposit made July 6.
  • 2015: Warehouse Interior Cleared and Opened for Telluride Arts Events.
  • June: Community Meetings Regarding Use with ArtSpace
  • July-September 2016: Warehouse Opened to Public for Tellluride Arts Parties
  • May 31: Transfer Co. Receives Approval for Development.
  • August: Telluride Arts' Contract to Purchase Warehouse Approved.
  • Happening Now: Capital Campaign Phase 2: $900,000
  • March 2017: Target Construction Start
  • 2020: Target Project Completion 
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The Leadership


Telluride Arts is the chosen local non-profit organization who will lead the restoration and redevelopment of the Telluride Transfer Warehouse.

The Leadership


Telluride Arts is the chosen local non-profit organization who will lead the restoration and redevelopment of the Telluride Transfer Warehouse.


THE LEADERSHIP

The goal of Telluride Arts is to advance Telluride as a center for extraordinary artists who infuse our authentic mountain community with world-class ideas.  Our mission uniquely qualifies Telluride Arts to develop the Transfer Warehouse into a permanent home for the arts in Telluride. 

We view the development of the Transfer Warehouse as an essential project to preserve what we love best about Telluride and evolve with the growing community.  

Telluride Arts is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization that was established on November 17, 1971 as the Telluride Council of the Arts and Humanities, known for over 40 years as TCAH. The organization was the first non-profit in the region, and served to incubate a culture of the arts that has come to define Telluride.

Our programs elevate and promote a culture of the arts in the Telluride Arts District, one of the first Certified Creative Districts in Colorado.  As the manager of the Telluride Arts District, Telluride Arts has proven its ability to connect, galvanize, and strategically advance the arts as a whole.

 

 

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The Design


The Design


request for qualifications


Release Date: January 15, 2017

Telluride Arts, a 501(c)3 non-profit arts organization, is seeking qualifications from architects to design the interior space of the 1906 Telluride Transfer Warehouse in the heart of the Telluride Historic Landmark District. The interior is to be arts exhibition and event space serving the diverse needs of the community of Telluride, the Telluride Arts District, and the surrounding region. The exterior restoration of the building: Sandstone walls, windows, and doors, will be to historic standards and handled separately. While the roofline likely must follow the historic angle, there may be some flexibility with light permeability, and perhaps even a retractable roof. The anticipated project budget for interior construction is $5-7,000,000.  It is the intent of Telluride Arts to enter negotiations with the selected team for full architectural and engineering services from design, design approvals, through construction administration.

BACKGROUND

A Brief History of Telluride:

The town of Telluride is the county seat and most populous town of San Miguel County in the southwestern portion Colorado, USA. The town is a former gold and silver mining camp on the San Miguel River in the western San Juan Mountains. The first gold mining claim was made in the mountains above Telluride in 1875 and early settlement of what is now Telluride followed. The town itself was founded in 1878 as "Columbia", but due to confusion with a California town of the same name, was renamed Telluride in 1887, for the gold Telluride minerals found in other parts of Colorado. The mineral Tellurium was never located near Telluride, causing the town to be named for a mineral that was never mined there. However, the area's mines for some years provided zinc, lead, copper, silver, and other gold ores.

Telluride sits in a box canyon. Steep forested mountains and cliffs surround it, with Bridal Veil Falls at the head of the canyon. Numerous weathered ruins of old mining operations dot the hillsides. A free gondola connects the town with its companion town, Mountain Village, Colorado, at the base of the Telluride ski area.  Telluride is known for its ski resort and slopes during the winter as well as major music and film festivals during the summer.

The Telluride Landmark Historic District, which includes a significant portion of the town, is listed on the National Register of Historic Places and is also one of Colorado's 20 National Historic Landmarks. The town population is approximately 2,325.

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The Telluride Transfer Warehouse has been roofless and deteriorating since 1978. The sandstone structure was built by the Telluride Transfer Company in 1906 and was the center of the Warehouse District that served the mining industry. It was a bustling hub where people and goods flowed from the trains, through the building, and out into the towns and the mines. The history inspires our vision for its future as the Telluride Center for the Arts. The iconic, historic exterior will encase a light filled, contemporary space that is a magnet for extraordinary art, culture, and ideas from across the globe. The Warehouse provides a one-of-a-kind opportunity for people to connect with Telluride’s rich history at the heart of our community. 

The Transfer Warehouse is currently part of a larger development on a half city block that will include: The historic Stronghouse warehouse, and new construction with high-end condominiums, retail commercial space, underground parking, and some deed restricted housing. As part of the approved PUD, the Warehouse Transfer Building will be purchased by Telluride Arts.

DESIGN COMPETITION FORMAT

The competition will consist of thee parts:

  • Part I: Request for Qualifications:

    • Seeking experience with contemporary event and exhibition spaces within a historic structure, a commitment to sustainable architecture, and experience in designing interior space that reinforces historic contexts.
  • Part II: Interviews and Selection of Finalists:

    • A competition jury will interview up to 6 semi-finalists teams, and will recommend three finalist teams.
  • In Part III: Concept Plan Development:

    • The three finalist teams will develop their concept plans for consideration, with a $10,000 stipend, paid by Telluride Arts.

REQUEST FOR QUALIFICATIONS

Architects with design experience that relates new interior construction to historic preservation are invited to submit a Statement of Qualifications in the format listed below:

A. Cover Sheet:

The cover sheet of the Statement of Qualifications should include the following information:

  1. Name of respondent.
  2. Respondent address.
  3. Respondent telephone number.
  4. Name, title, address, telephone number, fax number, and email address of contact person authorized to communicate on behalf of the respondent.

B. Transmittal Letter:

The transmittal letter of the Statement of Qualifications should include the following information:

  1. Name of firm.
  2. Principals.
  3. Description of experience working on historic structures, if any.
  4. Description of experience designing spaces for community events, gallery and/or other public use, including photos of completed work or rendered elevations/perspectives for work-in-progress.
  5. Description of firm’s commitment to sustainable, green architecture, with a list of projects developed under sustainable building programs.
  6. Examples of three similar projects. (one page on each, including photos and text)
  7. Experience with public outreach and open community meetings.
  8. At least three references with contact information.

SELECTION CRITERIA

Telluride Arts shall evaluate each respondent by the following terms:

  1. Design experience that relates new interior construction within a historic structure. 
  2. Experience working on community event, gallery or other public use spaces (preferably in a historic context).
  3. Sensitivity to the context of the Telluride National Historic Landmark District and the Telluride Arts District.
  4. References.

*Please note that the outcome of this RFQ and the Design Competition that follows may or may not be the implementation of a project on the selected site. The development team reserves the right to not select any of the finalists to implement the project.

  • Telluride Arts reserves the right to request any additional information from any respondent that will inform the RFQ selection process.
  • Questions should be addressed to Kate Jones, Executive Director, at 970-728-3930 or kate@telluridearts.org.
  • Responses to this RFQ should be submitted via email to kate@telluridearts.org in a PDF file format.
  • Responses must be received no later than Wednesday, March 1, 2017 at 5:00pm MST.
  • Selection and notification of finalists is anticipated to be on or before March 20, 2017.
  • Finalists will be given 4-6 weeks to develop concept designs.
  • Telluride Arts will confirm receipt of responses via email within 24 hours.

CLARIFICATIONS, ANSWERS TO YOUR QUESTIONS, AND ADDENDUMS

  • It is the intent of Telluride Arts to enter negotiations with the selected team for full architectural and engineering services from design, design approvals, through construction administration.
  • Selection and notification of finalists is anticipated to be on or before March 20, 2017.
  • Finalists will be given 4-6 weeks to develop concept designs.

NEW CONSTRUCTION // PUD on Adjacent Property // DESIGNED BY CCY ARCHITECTS

 

 


How you can help


Please help us make this exciting project a reality. Contact Kate Jones, executive director. Kate@telluridearts.org, 970-708-8845 (cell) 970-728-3930 (office)

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How you can help


Please help us make this exciting project a reality. Contact Kate Jones, executive director. Kate@telluridearts.org, 970-708-8845 (cell) 970-728-3930 (office)

DONATE NOW



Advisory Board:  Doug Tueller, Chris Chaffin, Rosie Cusack, Todd Brown, Joe and Julya Sembrat, Billy Harbert, Beth McLaughlin, Lisa and Dave Henson, Steven Gluckstern

Board of Directors: Todd Brown, Meghann McCormick, Bob Mather, Warner Paige, Penelope Gleason, Casey Nay, Julya Sembrat

Staff: Kate Jones, Executive Director, Pepper Raper, Communications Director, Molly Perrault, Programs and Galleries Manager