The Dreyfus Hotel, located at the corner of Washington and Mathewson streets in downtown Providence, was purchased by AS220 from Johnson & Wales University in April of 2005. Originally built in 1890, it was most recently used as a dormitory from 1975-2000 by JWU. The Dreyfus has a long history as a hotel, lounge, and restaurant that served the bustling downtown theater district and weary travelers searching for lodging from the nearby train station.
AS220’s adaptive re-use of the Dreyfus was undertaken as a historic preservation project that brought new life to the exquisite first floor details and the ornate bar and restaurant; as well as the lower level pub. The magnificent terracotta that adorns the exterior along with the stunning stained glass windows on the first floor were carefully restored. By May 2007, the building was fully restored and fully occupied.
Today the Dreyfus houses AS220’s Main Office and Development Office, conference room, and the organization’s archives. The building also offers fourteen affordable live and four work rental studios for low-income artists. Classy restaurateur, Local 121, our ground floor commercial tenant , serves amazing coctails across the Dreyfus’ lovingly restored bar.
Three of AS220’s four monthly-rotating exhibition spaces are located at the Empire Street Complex. The fourth occupies a street level space in the Dreyfus building, 93 Mathewson St. Known as the Project Space, the gallery fulfills the need for exhibition space that can accommodate three-dimensional art or other specialized installations.