Say hello to 3rd Ward Philadelphia, why don’t you? The popular workshop space based in Brooklyn will soon expand to Philadelphia, opening a massive 27,000 square-feet location in the NoLibsFishyKenz at 4th and Thompson streets. Slated to open Summer 2012, the Philly 3rd Ward — brought to you in part by local developers Paul Maiello and David Belt of Macro-Sea — will be a sprawling for-hire DIY creative space where one could do everything from metalsmithing to lecturing and all points in between. There’s slated to be gallery and restaurant spaces as well, all spread out over three buildings — a 3-story brick warehouse, a historic church, and a single-story concrete warehouse. Just think of all the Etsy this place is gonna be responsible for. The mind wobbles.
Detailed press release after the jump.
September 29, 2011
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Brooklyn’s 3rd Ward Announces Second Location in Philadelphia
BROOKLYN, NY – Today, 3rd Ward, the Brooklyn-based creative workspace, announced plans for its second location in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
3rd Ward partnered with small business owner and longtime Philadelphia resident, Paul Maiello, and real estate developer David Belt of Macro-Sea, to humbly serve this vibrant city with a dynamic resource for entrepreneurs, freelancers, creative enthusiasts, culture-seekers and more. No matter what your creative project, 3rd Ward helps you get there.
In the past couple years, the number of young creative professionals in Philadelphia has exploded, attracted by this inspiring city with a legacy of craft and ingenuity. 3rd Ward’s new Philadelphia location is 27,000 square feet of creative workspace, classrooms and event space located in the Northern Liberties/Old Kensington neighborhood, once known as the “Workshop of the World.”
Like their Brooklyn flagship, the Philadelphia site will offer a vast inter-disciplinary education program, membership options for every purpose and budget, and fun, smart, memorable events. It will also have its own Philadelphia flavor, with programming and facilities that suit this great city.
In the new Philadelphia location, guests will be able take a class or get their work done in the:
- Wood/ Metal Shop
- Prototyping Lab with CNC mills and laser cutters
- Media Lab/Coworking space with conference rooms, reference library & kitchenette
- Studio for screenprinting, painting and more
- Jewelry Studio
- Fashion/Textile Studio
- Culinary Classroom
- Circuitry/Maker Lab
…and much more.
Plus, guests will be able to hang out, relax, and meet new people in the:
- Gallery Space with frequently updated art shows
- Cafe with indoor/outdoor seating
- Retail Store
- Event space for lectures and networking sessions
- Rooftop garden
The location comprises three buildings—a 3-story brick warehouse, a historic church, and a single-story concrete warehouse. The renovation is preserving the unique character of each building and is restoring key features such as the historic facade and plaster ceiling medallion of the church and the hardwood floors and brick of the warehouse.
Plans have been approved and ground has already been broken on-site. Soon, 3rd Ward will release a Café RFP for qualified restaurant operators. Hiring is due to start in early 2012, with an open date in Summer 2012.