ABOUT

400 W Rich Street in East Franklinton began a new chapter when it opened it’s doors to local artists on July 1, 2011. Twelve studios and a handful of adventurous tenants served as the beginning steps for transforming this former industrial, manufacturing warehouse into a dynamic, multi-functional arts complex, located within walking distance of downtown Columbus. 400 has since grown to become a home away from home to over 140 Columbus based artists, craftsman, designers and performers. The building functions an all inclusive, artistic community in the heart of East Franklinton and offers not only studio space but a place for the creative class to meet, network, collaborate, brainstorm and do what they do best…create. 400 West Rich currently houses 101 artist studios,  4 music studios, 16 offices that are home to local start-ups and non-profits, the 3,500 sq ft. {Co-working} space,  OSU STEAM factoryOhio Art League X Space, a Classroom/community space, 3 Galleries which have new exhibitions open to the public every Franklinton Friday (the 2nd Friday of the month), painting and clay classes, and home to Movement Activities a spectacular group of aerial artists and performers with classes for all ages and skill levels. Every month there are new events open to the public. Make sure to check our facebook and website for updates!

 


A brief history

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Franklinton was the original settlement in central Ohio, founded in 1797 by Lucas Sullivant. The neighborhood is nicknamed the Bottoms because the land lies below the level of the Scioto and Olentangy rivers. The Bottoms flooded in 1852, 1859, 1862, and the Great Flood of 1913 took place on March 25. The wooden levees holding the Scioto collapsed causing up to 17 feet of water to inundate the streets Franklinton. Luckily for us, the Franklinton Floodwall was completed in 2004, encouraging a resurgence of growth and art in the neighborhood.

The original structure was built in 1910 by the D.A. Ebinger Sanitary Manufacturing Company. They were credited with manufacturing the first refrigerated water drinking fountain. They also manufactured toilets and sinks. By 1920 the had show rooms in New York and Chicago. By 1935 they had come to be known as EBCO; the sanitary porcelain manufacturing company was at the forefront of commercial refrigeration research and eventually invented the modern porcelain drinking fountain and the electric dehumidifier. EBCO left Franklinton in the 1950s to spawn OASIS International and the building welcomed a variety of tenants, including Sweden Freezer, Taco Bell, Pizza Hut, and Eickholt Glass. 400 West Rich moved into the building in 2011.

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