Read’s Artspace Gallery is a contemporary art gallery managed by a group of resident artists located at Read’s Artspace in downtown Bridgeport, CT. .
When it opened in 1925, Read’s was hailed as the finest department store between New York and Boston. Five stories tall, with green awnings that gave it an instantly identifiable look, Read’s was a luxurious new symbol of Bridgeport’s sophistication and prosperity. But times change: by the 1970s, downtown Bridgeport had fallen on hard times. Read’s closed its doors in 1981 and became emblematic of urban decay.
In the late 1990s, the City of Bridgeport engaged Artspace to transform this urban landmark into a thriving artist live/work project. In collaboration with Mission First Capital Advisors of Washington, D.C., Artspace created 61 spacious live/work units on the upper floors and arts-friendly commercial space on the ground floor. Broad interior corridors serve as informal galleries on each of the upper five floors; a public gallery on the ground floor houses more formal exhibitions. Read’s resident artists are true urban pioneers, until they moved in, downtown Bridgeport’s residential population was zero.
Read's Artspace Gallery
1042 Broad Street
Bridgeport, CT 06604
+1 (917) 952-0278