Westbeth Artists’ Housing was conceived in the 1960’s as a partial solution to the acute need to provide affordable housing and studios for artists and their families. In so doing, it became one of the first examples of adaptive reuse of industrial buildings for artistic and residential use in the United States.


Located in NYC in Manhattan’s Far West Village, it is a complex of 3 buildings of which the main building is for artists’ housing, the L Building which is the New School, and the I Building which has artists studios and commercial spaces. It originally was built as a complex of 13 buildings in 1868 for Western Electric. In 1898 Bell Laboratories took over and turned it into one of the world’s most important research centers. It was here that the first talking movie, the condenser microphone, the first TV broadcast, and the first binary computer were demonstrated.

Westbeth Artists’ Housing was conceived in the 1960’s as a partial solution to the acute need to provide affordable housing and studios for artists and their families. In so doing, it became one of the first examples of adaptive reuse of industrial buildings for artistic and residential use in the United States.


Located in NYC in Manhattan’s Far West Village, it is a complex of 3 buildings of which the main building is for artists’ housing, the L Building which is the New School, and the I Building which has artists studios and commercial spaces. It originally was built as a complex of 13 buildings in 1868 for Western Electric. In 1898 Bell Laboratories took over and turned it into one of the world’s most important research centers. It was here that the first talking movie, the condenser microphone, the first TV broadcast, and the first binary computer were demonstrated.

Westbeth Artists’ Housing was conceived in the 1960’s as a partial solution to the acute need to provide affordable housing and studios for artists and their families. In so doing, it became one of the first examples of adaptive reuse of industrial buildings for artistic and residential use in the United States.


Located in NYC in Manhattan’s Far West Village, it is a complex of 3 buildings of which the main building is for artists’ housing, the L Building which is the New School, and the I Building which has artists studios and commercial spaces. It originally was built as a complex of 13 buildings in 1868 for Western Electric. In 1898 Bell Laboratories took over and turned it into one of the world’s most important research centers. It was here that the first talking movie, the condenser microphone, the first TV broadcast, and the first binary computer were demonstrated.

DECEMBER 27, 2019 – JANUARY 4, 2020 

about  •  team  •  lineup  •  support  •  BUY TICKETS ]