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The Mattress Factory to expand with new exhibit space

A rowhouse and adjacent lot on Sampsonia Way will soon become The Mattress Factory's third exhibit space in the Northside.  

Because the Mattress Factory is an installation museum, where artists stay and work in-house, much of the gallery space can be unavailable for periods of time.  But with the new gallery spaces, museum spokesperson Lindsay O'Leary says, “there will always be something new for the public to see.”

The 1890 Victorian home, located at 516 Sampsonia Way,  was most recently an installation by Ruth Stanford titled Dwelling Home.  As part of that exhibit, the home’s windows were replaced with gravestone-like markers that listed the former occupants of the home.  Those markers will remain on site, but will be removed from the facade.

In addition to the rowhouse, an adjacent lot will be used for both education and performance programs, and outside installations.  Sota Construction will lead the renovation work, which will be done using environmentally friendly and energy-saving practices.

The Mattress Factory’s main exhibit space, located at 500 Sampsonia Way, was founded in 1977.  A second exhibit space, at 1414 Monterey Street, reuses a former storefront and upstairs home.  O'Leary says the museum is conscious of the surrounding Victorian neighborhood, and tries to keep facades similar to what they were originally.

“We don't ever tear anything down,” O’Leary says.  “We just rehab it so we can use it again in a different way.”

The officially groundbreaking will take place on Thursday,  November 10th, at 10 a.m., and is free and open to the public.  412-231-3169.

Writer:  Andrew Moore
Source:  Lindsay O’Leary

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