Arvada’s oldest building restored, opened as Gallery 1874

The gallery will also be used as an event space

Posted 10/31/16

The building that stands at 5665 Olde Wadsworth Blvd. is iconic, a treasured piece of Arvada’s past.

As the city’s oldest building, it began as the Clear Creek Valley Grange — a place for the community to gather. Now, it has been restored …

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Arvada’s oldest building restored, opened as Gallery 1874

The gallery will also be used as an event space

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The building that stands at 5665 Olde Wadsworth Blvd. is iconic, a treasured piece of Arvada’s past.

As the city’s oldest building, it began as the Clear Creek Valley Grange — a place for the community to gather. Now, it has been restored back to a community space with the opening of Gallery 1874, an art gallery and event venue.

“We take great pride in restoring a community’s landmark and turning it back into a community gathering place, which is what it was always intended to be as a grange,” owner Carmen Sample said.

After the Grange, the building became the Festival Playhouse, yet another beloved landmark in the town’s history. Though the playhouse has closed its doors, Carmen and Mark Sample, alongside their devoted team at Sample Supports, have restored the historic building.

The structure has been kept intact, though the interiors have been updated with top-of-the-line audio-visual capabilities to suit the needs of today’s technology-driven society. Ceilings are covered in hand-finished gold and chandeliers are Swarovski crystal, designed by the staff at Crystal Joys, which employs people with disabilities.

“We love purchasing historic buildings not only because they retain their value so well, but also because they are pieces of art in themselves,” Carmen Sample said. “I love the character and uniqueness of historic buildings because it makes me feel connected to something bigger in the culture and the community.”

The gallery celebrate its grand opening Oct. 24 featuring the works of six Arvada-based artists: Matthew Lindstrom, Samantha Jo Manion, Hector Palacios, Michael Wais, Thomas Cope and Cambra Koczkur.

“My process was keeping an open mind and my goal was to get as eclectic mix as possible,” said Sarah Lawrence, gallery manager and event coordinator, adding that the vetting process started before the doors opened.

“I really want the emphasis on community integration, supporting local artists and small businesses,” Lawrence added. “I want this to be a community hot spot.”

Gallery 1874 is also working closely with several partnership businesses.

The location will offer integrated and competitive employment opportunities for persons with intellectual and developmental disabilities with Sample Supports. And award-winning meals will be offered through catering from Samples World Bistro.

This tightly-knit group of partnership businesses work to provide life and job experiences for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities.

The gallery will also be used as an event space.

When the gallery is not hosting an event, the Crystal Joys boutique will be open daily to the public, offering handmade jewelry.

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