ArtCenter expands into Gilmore Associates’ DTLA building that housed Main Museum

The development firm's principals, Tom Gilmore and Jerri Perrone, opened the Main Museum, which closed last year
May 02, 2019 01:00PM

Lorne M. Buchman, president of ArtCenter College

Lorne M. Buchman, president of ArtCenter College

The ArtCenter College of Design is continuing its expansion by taking control of exhibition and event space at the former Main Museum in Downtown.

ArtCenter is leasing the space — for 10 years at $1 a year — from development firm Gilmore Associates. Its principals Tom Gilmore and Jerri Perrone opened The Main Museum in October 2016. It featured performances and installations by local artists. The pair had plans to expand into a 40,000-square-foot space but the museum closed suddenly last year, leaving future plans unclear, the Times reported.

ArtCenter DTLA will occupy the two-story building at 114 W. 4th Street. It has 6,250 square feet of gallery space. Starting this month, the new space will feature shows, public speaker events and other programs by ArtCenter College. The school will have an option to renew its lease.

Last year, ArtCenter secured $103 million in bonds to expand with new buildings, classrooms, art galleries and housing for as many as 1,500 students. It opened near MacArthur Park in 1930, and it now has a campus in Pasadena. [LAT]Gregory Cornfield