At home in Hingetown

North Water Partners profiles Transformer Station as part of their series on our Hingetown neighbors.


Hingetown Hygge is a Hit

Hingetown hygge celebrates community with a big hug to old man winter
Lynn Ischay, The Plain Dealer

CLEVELAND, Oh--Hingetown merchants and residents introduced the city to the Danish concept of hygge (pronounced HUY-gah) on Sunday, reminding everyone that comfort, community, friendship and warmth can be had anytime, even outside in the dead of winter.

Families, art-lovers and friends gathered in the parking lot of the Transformer Station for the first of three hygges, one every Sunday in February.

Graham Veysey, one of the organizers of the celebration, grabbed the microphone. "Introduce yourself to someone you don't know," he said. "There is plenty of beer, and we've got smores galore, so enjoy."

Veysey walked back over to a roaring bonfire, built right in the middle of the parking lot. "Part of this celebration is just to have an excuse to come out in winter, building community and neighborhood when people are generally hibernating," he said.

He said it was interesting to watch the night progress. "From about 5 until 6:30 it was all families," he said. "Lots of kids and their parents, building snowmen everywhere, roasting marshmallows. The family crowd dwindled, then the millennials showed up. Now, it's really all ages. The first hygge has been great."

Part of the draw was a great new show at Transformer Station. Some came for storytelling around the bonfire, music or extended hours for local businesses. The rest were just people carving out some happy time, meeting new friends and breaking out of the midwinter funk.

The next hygge is Sunday, February 15, 5-8pm

Best Galleries in Cleveland

Transformer Station listed at the top of the list by

Cleveland’s Best Art Galleries: Ten Cultural Venues in America’s Comeback City

Best known as the home of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, Cleveland, Ohio also boasts an unusually appealing array of art spaces to rival any other in the country. From old railway stations to medical facilities, and from occupied warehouses to revitalised museums, Cleveland’s art scene is booming.

Transformer Station


The historic Transformer Station was built in 1924 as a substation of the Cleveland Railway Company. A recent refurbishment of the building by Process Creative Studio preserves the classic brick structure while echoing its rectangular form with a contemporary, minimalist addition. The expanded space is the home of the Fred and Laura Ruth Bidwell Foundation, established as a platform for emerging and mid-career artists. The Bidwell Foundation has partnered with the Cleveland Museum of Art, offering the space to the museum for six months each year as a venue for significant new projects. In autumn 2013 the Cleveland Museum of Art made its Transformation Station debut with Unicorn. The exhibition presents the work of five contemporary artists engaged in explorations into the reconstruction of the past.

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