Giving an Old Building New Life

The building we just bought for The Eclipse Gallery was built in 1909, and has been pretty neglected. But I’m one of those people that loves to give new life to old things. I am so excited that we will be opening the gallery on the building’s 100th birthday! To give you an idea of the shape the building is in currently, I thought I’d post a few “before” pictures. We certainly have our work cut out for us, don’t you think?

The first thing we are doing is tearing that awning down and replacing it with something elegant, repainting the woodwork and fixing the ugliness around the main doors and big windows.


This will be part of the art studio. I can’t wait to fix it up and get organized!


Front window of the gallery


Eventually will be part of the art studio.


Believe it or not, this will be part of the gallery.


And so will this.


Lots and lots of dust.

And falling down tin ceilings that must be revamped.

Over the next few months I will be using this blog to document the state of the building now, and our progress toward the grand opening. We are really enjoying this process and are so happy to be giving this building new life.

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5 responses to “Giving an Old Building New Life

  1. sue pieper

    Looks like tons of potential here, love that staircase & the tin ceiling! Have fun with it, and remember that it'll be worth it in the end.

  2. AWESOME! It’s going to be great!

  3. sarahelizabeth

    Thanks! We are looking forward to it! Although it’s a lot of work and right now we are not exactly sure where to start :)

  4. Persimmons Gal

    How EXCITING!!! We were in Algoma a couple of weekends ago…it is such a great little town and your gallery will be a perfect fit!

  5. sarahelizabeth

    Thanks! the next time I go to the Kohler I’ll stop by Persimmons!

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