Built in 1925 as the Roy Burns grocery store, and now listed on the National Register of Historic Places, the FAR building’s 5,000 square feet have been thoughtfully reconfigured by Lauren Bordes and Evan Cerilli, architectural designers and co-founders of the New York firm Malane Benedetto. While incorporating contemporary features and materials, the design respects the structure’s monumental scale and historical uniqueness, with much of the original brick, steel bow trusses, and wooden ceilings intact.
David and Martha Moore commissioned the Center as a space for new creative possibilities, after 10 years of experience in the arts as the owners of Pictura Gallery. Pictura has moved down the hill to Rogers street and into a new season as a non-profit photography center within the FAR building. You can expect the same excellent contemporary photography programming in the new space.
The FAR building has seen the town through many changes and now finds itself situated in the heart of an ever-changing creative neighborhood.
With thanks to Claude Cookman for portions of this text. For a more detailed history, check out Cookman’s essay for the Limestone Post.