Carole Huber Art Blog
by tocaro2 , April 28, 2012—12:00 AM
The Shipley Lofts Arts Center began in 1977 as a dream visionary folks seeking to revitalize downtown Wilmington DE by recognizing the growth of interest in the arts that accompanied the progress of the Delaware College of art and design. 701 Shipley was built in 1918 as a furniture building. The first two floors were showrooms and the upper three floors were warehouse space. The building later was used for various commercial operations including as a department store for Sears, Roebuck & Company. In 2007, it was placed on the National Historic Register. Today its upper floors are lived in by artists as the building houses lofts and a gallery on the first floor to show not only the work of residents but also other local artists. The gallery, comodious, elegant space was named for Chirs White, the project leader and a community activist who was srtuck and killed in a tragic hit and run accident in the final days of completion of the effort. Today the gallery continues as a vital part of the Wilmington DE art scene.