Vacant for more than 20 years, the D. M. Read’s Department Store was converted to 61 apartment units for artists as live/work spaces, each with a large living room/studio space with high ceilings, exposed structure and mechanical systems. The renovated space was designed for an artists’ community to share inspirations and benefit from a shared lifestyle. The depth of the floor plate provided enough space for interconnecting residents’ galleries to serve as the main circulation corridor. The first floor has a large resident gallery and retail spaces fronting on the two main commercial streets. Ground floor apartments facing north open onto a pedestrian arcade, allowing residents to open their studios to the public. The exterior of the building, a prominent local structure that is listed on the National Register of Historic Places, has been restored to its original condition using federal historic tax credits.