Historic YMCA Building Gets New Lease on Life

A 101-year-old YMCA building in downtown Astoria is about to hit a new milestone.
514 12th St

514 12th St

A 101-year-old YMCA building in downtown Astoria is about to hit a new milestone. A businessman from Boise, Id. has taken upon himself the task of renovating the 11,500-square-foot asset and turning it into a creative design agency and art center, according to the Daily Astorian.

The now-vacant building at 514 12th St. hides a long and rich history within its walls. Built in 1914, the building first served as a school, then it became the city’s main youth and activity center, and later it was turned into an art gallery, the Portland Business Journal reports. The old building currently incorporates three main levels and a 4,000-square-foot gymnasium.

Noel Weber, who runs the Classic Design Studio in Boise, purchased the building in May 2015 from owner James Russell, with plans to breathe new life into the dormant gallery. Once fully renovated, the building will include a screen printing shop, ceramics studio, letterpress and mold-making and model facility. The new space will also include teaching workshops meant to bring together artists from all around the country to Astoria. According to Weber, the project will take about two years to complete.

The historic building had been listed on the market by Myriad Commercial Properties for $350,000. The final price of the purchase has not been disclosed.

Image courtesy of Myriad Commercial Properties