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Kranzberg Arts Foundation to Develop Performing Arts Incubator

A car dealership near St. Louis University will be transformed into a mecca for artists and arts organizations.

ST. LOUIS: The Kranzberg Arts Foundation will be turning the historic Cadillac Building in Grand Center into an artistic home for six arts organizations.

Ken and Nancy Kranzberg. (Photo by Jon Gitchoff)
Ken and Nancy Kranzberg. (Photo by Jon Gitchoff)

Ken Kranzberg, the chairman of foundation, bought the car dealership in December with hopes of supporting arts organizations. This project will not affect the operation of Kranzberg’s other arts building, the Kranzberg Arts Center. He and his wife, Nancy, notable patrons of the project, have named the new performing arts space after their 9-year-old grandson. The cost of the building has not been disclosed.

The four-story building, which will be called .ZACK, will include a 200-seat theatre, offices, a scene shop, and prop storage. The third floor of building will serve as a commercial space and apartments for artists. The building will also feature a restaurant and catering business, and an event space on the top floor ballroom.

The design team U-Studios hopes to complete the first phase of the lobby, theatre, and catering operation by August of 2016.


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