Jansen Art Center
By JOURNAL STAFF
Jansen Art Center opened in August in the former Lynden City Hall and Fire Hall at 321 Front St
It was renovated into gallery for the arts, with studio and workshop space for dance, music, pottery, painting and jewelry. The center is 20,000 square feet by combining space from the old City Hall and an adjacent building.
There are two dance studios, a painting studio, rooms for writers and crafts, a small performance hall and music practice rooms.
The main floor of the old fire hall is a coffee shop. Upstairs, a piano lounge has a black baby grand piano, red leather chairs and glass bistro tables.
Elements of the 1920s building were reused, such as wood and cement floors, a walk-in vault and bars from the old jail cells.
The project won an honor award and sustainability award from the Northwest Washington Chapter of the American Institute of Architects.
Owner: The Jansen Foundation
Architect: Zervas Group Architects
General contractor: Exxel Pacific
Structural engineer: Kingworks Consulting Engineers