A new literary arts space is slated for the empty building at 3301 Washington Avenue on the eastern edge of Grand Center.
The Kranzberg Arts Foundation is developing the new venue called the High Low. It will feature gallery space with rotating exhibits and a 200-seat performance space that can host readings, book signings and other events.
The ground floor will include a 1,500-square-foot café and library with rotating collections of books, newspapers and magazines. The High Low plans to work with Blueprint Coffee on the café and offer fast-casual food service in partnership with chef Rob Connoley, who also is planning a new restaurant, Bulrush, next door.
“St. Louis is a literary city,” Ken Kranzberg, of the Kranzberg Arts Foundation, said in a statement announcing the project. “The High Low will fill a niche that we feel is needed to create a place where writers and literary institutions can collaborate to further the literary arts. It will be a welcoming place for all to enjoy.”
Upstairs, a 1,000-square-foot space will host the foundation’s new Writers in Residence program, intended to both support local writers and attract writers from elsewhere in the country and world.
A second space will offer eight office suites designed for young arts organizations.
Work on the High Low will begin early next year and it is scheduled to open by mid-2019. A cost estimate for the building rehab was not disclosed. KAF LLC, a company tied to the foundation, acquired the property this year.
The Kranzberg Arts Foundation, started by philanthropists Ken and Nancy Kranzberg, has been behind other projects in Grand Center, such as performing arts venues the Grandel and .ZACK.