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Project by Arthouse posted 10-16-2013 12:43 PM 1677 views 0 times favorited 13 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I must share a fantastic opportunity fell in my lap recently. A 1890 butcher shop with all its working parts like meat hooks on tracks and fire stacks still in place being on the hottest foot traffic corner on main street came up for lease in Fredericksburg Texas . A wine tasting and bed and breakfeast destination. It had a 21’’ sloped concrete floor and small windows . I could tell the bones of the building with its smoke charred ceiling could be a great place to show my furniture and other artists whose work is inspired by nature. I first jackhammered six tons of concrete to put a new level antique pine floor in. I then cut a sixteen foot by seventy -seventy inch opening for a new storefront window to let the sculpture garden in and for people to see the living history I am going to display in the ceiling with its old meat hooks on rails still hanging. The old line shaft belt driven equipment is still there I will motorize to get going with a slow rpm gear motor for people to see the past history of the way it was. My concept is to have all art work below ten foot displayed on white canvas and above that the smoke charred roof and walls to remain old. I will display on the outside many of my glass sculptures as well.I will post more later when I get closer to finishing. I am going to call it Dan Pfeiffer Gallery. All this and Heaven too.

-- "The hand is the cutting edge of the mind but the wind and sun are the healing factors of the heart

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Jim Jakosh

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#1 posted 10-16-2013 01:01 PM

Nice find. that will be quite a project. I’ll bet that window cost more that a dollar and a half!!
will you stock it with just your works or take things on consignment?
Looking into my crystal ball, I see an array of solar panels on the roof to get free electricity!

-- Jim Jakosh.....Practical Wood Products...........Learn something new every day!! Variety is the Spice of Life!!

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#2 posted 10-16-2013 01:05 PM

I want to see the after pictures. Good luck

-- Don't outsmart your common sense

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Jamie Speirs

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#3 posted 10-16-2013 01:14 PM

Very nice.
It will make a great very unique gallery.

Good luck with the venture, have fun


-- Who is the happiest of men? He who values the merits of others, and in their pleasure takes joy, even as though 'twere his own. --Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

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#4 posted 10-16-2013 01:16 PM

Sounds like a wonderful opportunity and you have it going forward in your usual artistic and hard working
way. Keep us posted, and I hope it turns out even better than you plan. Thank you for sharing.

-- As ever, Gus-the 79 yr young apprentice carpenter

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#5 posted 10-16-2013 01:37 PM


May you have good fortune going forward my friend.

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#6 posted 10-16-2013 01:44 PM

Great find – good luck on your new adventure!

-- Steve - Impatience is Expensive

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#7 posted 10-16-2013 03:00 PM

congrats , so happy for you, this will be a wonderful business opportunity,i look forward to more pictures

-- GRIZZMAN ...[''''']

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#8 posted 10-16-2013 03:21 PM

Great opportunity there in Fredericksburg on Main Street. Are you West or East Main Street? Either way, an awesome location with plenty foot traffic as well as targeted market. Good luck to you and look forward to seeing after photos.


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Monte Pittman

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#9 posted 10-16-2013 03:34 PM

You should do a blog on the upgrade/restoration. Good luck.

-- Nature created it, I just assemble it.

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#10 posted 10-16-2013 03:58 PM

That sounds great. Why not do a blog on it?

helluvawreck aka Charles

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Joe Lyddon

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#11 posted 10-16-2013 04:33 PM

Looks like you’ve found a great place to display your stuff!

Looking forward to seeing Finished…

... I could not tell what was OLD, in process, or done…

-- Have Fun! Joe Lyddon - Alta Loma, CA USA - Home: ... My Small Gallery:"

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#12 posted 10-17-2013 03:02 AM

that’s gonna be stylin …

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#13 posted 10-18-2013 03:02 AM

great spot, all the best with your new venture :)

-- Pete G: If you always do what you always did you'll always get what you always got

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