Development—Santa Fe, New Mexico

Second Street Studios

Second Street Studios, an 80,000 square foot artist and entrepreneur's live/work community, was the first newly constructed artist live/work project to be built in the United States since the Great Depression.

The Second Street Studios community is arranged around a series of tree-filled courtyards using prefabricated Barn Building technology. Buildings offer 24-foot high ceilings, skylights, and living lofts. The vibrant tenant community includes artists and artisans, a software development firm, a salsa maker, a furniture maker, a frame shop, and dozens of other innovative businesses.

As a testament to the success of this development, Second Street Studios has undergone the third phase of expansion in its nearly twenty-year history. Adjacent to a recently reactivated rail line, the development has maintained near 100% occupancy over the last twenty years and continues to provide low-cost, mixed use, affordable commercial space for the Santa Fe area. Second Street Studios has served as a catalyst for the revitalization of other industrial parts of Santa Fe into thriving downtown areas with small businesses, galleries, and restaurants. The live/work loft unit type pioneered through this development continues to spread across the country.

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Project Profile

A new artist/live work community in Santa Fe, New Mexico

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Project Team
Communico Inc.
Project Status

Completion: 2008

Total Project Size / Budget
100,000 sq ft
$7.35 million