A postcard of the 1913 Federal Building
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The Creativity Unlimited Arts Council will have an open house from 5-8 p.m. Thursday to celebrate the completion of the studio level of the 100-year-old US Post Office and federal building downtown.
The ribbon will be cut at 5:30 p.m.
The open house celebrates the completion of several classrooms, ceramic and pottery studios, new restrooms, a woodworking shop and a new, three-story elevator.
Refreshments will be served.
A limited edition of a keepsake ornament will also be available for purchase. Tours will be given to update the progress of the main floor gallery -- step two of the renovation.
The arts council acquired the building in 2008, and after four years of fundraising and planning, renovation began in March 2012.
The renovation effort was boosted in 2011 by a $300,000 community development block grant, adding to nearly $200,000 that has been donated by local contributors.
Professional crews as well as volunteers have done the work. Stephen Granger of CG Architects is coordinating the project.
This fall, North Platte community college students began taking art classes in the renovated basement, where kilns, sculpture areas and pottery throwing wheels are located.
The building was constructed in 1913. The grand opening this month meets the arts councilís goal of opening in the centennial year of the building.
Donations are appreciated and will determine how fast the entire building can be renovated. A video virtual tour of the fully renovated building, plus photos of the renovation, are posted on the website, http://www.prairieartscenter.org/.
Donations can be made to Creativity Unlimited Arts Council, PO Box 266, North Platte, NE 69103.