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Combining a landmark historical building with a contemporary minimalist addition, the Transformer Station will be a new anchor destination in Cleveland's rapidly evolving Ohio City neighborhood. The project brings a new cultural facility to a mixed residential and industrial neighborhood within walking distance of the restaurants and shops of the Market District and blocks away from the Gordon Square Arts District.
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The Historic Building
The Transformer Station, built in 1924, is one of sixteen substations built by Cleveland’s one-time private transit provider, the Cleveland Railway Company.
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Restoration and Addition
Designed by Process Creative Studio, an Ohio City-based architectural firm with a reputation for creative re-use and restoration projects, the Transformer Station project will preserve and restore the original building while enhancing and expanding it with an innovative contemporary addition.
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The Cleveland Museum of Art at the Transformer Station
The Bidwell Foundation has agreed to provide the Transformer Station to the Cleveland Museum of Art as it's first footprint on the west side of Cleveland. For six months each year, the museum will have a venue for significant new contemporary art projects. The Transformer Station will serve as a laboratory, think tank and place for the Museum to uncover new opportunities, take risks and explore new ideas and new media.
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Bidwell Projects: The Fred and Laura Ruth Bidwell Collection
Over the past two decades, Fred and Laura Ruth Bidwell have gathered collection of contemporary art that reflects the state of photography today.. Rather than acquire artists canonized by history, the Bidwells concentrate on those in the beginning or middle of their careers. Freshness and innovation appeal to them, as do the challenge and thrill of uncovering and helping support new talent, be it international or local. (More)
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Future Plans
The Transformer Station is opening to the public on February 1, 2013 with an exciting calendar of exhibitions. In addition to exhibitions presented by the Bidwell Foundation and the Cleveland Museum of Art, the Transformer Station will be a venue for events, learning and collaboration with other cultural organizations in the Ohio City and Detroit Shoreway neighborhoods.