The solid masonry construction is dependent on the integrity of the bricks. Once part of The Sanitorium Ideal, a facility with mineral baths advertised as a health remedy, the building burned to the ground in 1914, but the pump house survived.
The pump house, the larger of two buildings at the site, houses classrooms for art instruction, seminars and studio time for artists to work. The second building is the home of the Off Broadway Gallery, which offers a venue for members to display and sell their artworks.
“This building restoration should ensure that artists and the community have a place to explore their creativity on the Southside for many years to come,” said Duane King, league president.