Fine Art Gallery Jupiter

Benzaiten’s Historic Makeover

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The Benzaiten Center for Creative Arts is located in an FEC Train Depot building in the City of Lake Worth.  It was built in 1923 and has been designated an historic site by the State of Florida and is about to be federally designated.  Recently, we discovered that our new home is a one-of-a-kind historic site!  There have been other historic train stations located in Florida, but it seems that we are the only historic train freight depot that still exists in the state.  Because of this fact we are doing everything we can to maintain its original appearance, especially when it comes to the outside facade.

We have already started work on removing the old window panes from their existing framework.  Thus, the windows will look exactly the same as they did when the building was first built.  We are also hard at work to try and keep the bay doors just as they were.  When the building was built we believe that there were no bay doors.  It’s been estimated that the bay doors were installed sometime in the 1940s.  All the gears show, and they are super cool looking; not like the bay doors of today.

The one thing we are changing is the entryway in order to make it ADA compliant.  This will only alter the North end of the building, which is not prominently seen from either the street or the train track.  We are estimated to be finished with the first phase of our build-out by mid August.  At that time our Glass Studio Director, Rick Eggert, will be moving his studio equipment in from his existing studio located in Stuart, Florida.  We plan to be open for classes and studio rentals by October 1st.

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