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Stony Island Arts Bank

Address

6760 S. Stony Island Ave.
Enter via north door from garden

Neighborhood

South Shore

Architect

William Gibbons Uffendell, 1923

Renovation

Theaster Gates, 2015

Description

The Stony Island Arts Bank is a hybrid gallery, media archive, library, community center and home for Rebuild Foundation’s archives and collections. Designed by William Gibbons Uffendell and built in 1923, the building was once a vibrant community bank. It closed in the 1980s and deteriorated while it sat vacant for decades. Reopened in October 2015, the radically-restored building serves as a space for neighborhood residents to preserve, access, reimagine and share their heritage. It is also a destination for artists, scholars, curators, and collectors to research and engage with South Side history.