“Morgan Barbary lacked a space to make her art where she lived — a conundrum many Denver artists probably empathize with. She also lacked the funds to afford studio space in town.
A partnership between the developers working to restore the storied Rossonian Hotel in the Five Points neighborhood and RedLine, an arts nonprofit, will soon change that.
“As people walk by [the hotel] they’ll be able to peek in and see us working,” Barbary said. “People will be able to see there’s life back in the Rossonian, which is really exciting.”
The Rossonian Pop-Up Studio is a temporary, twice-a-week solution for artists living in the Five Points area. The approximately 2,000 square foot space at the hotel will be available through the end of October, with a possible extension.
After decades of the hotel sitting vacant, the developers have one last hurdle to get final approval on their renovation plans before they can break ground. They’ve said they hope to restore the Rossonian to its former glory, giving a nod to the hotel’s history as a hotbed for jazz music.
Barbary pitched the idea to the Five Points Development Corporation, a co-developer on the hotel with Palisade Partners, at the suggestion of a friend. They agreed. “
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Wolf, Stephanie. CPR News 18 September 2019.