You can tour the historic Westbeth Artist Housing and the studios of its artist residents during Open House New York and Westbeth’s Open Studios on Sat., Oct. 22, and Sun., Oct. 23.
There will be one-hour tours throughout the building, leaving every half hour from noon to 4 p.m.
Select artists’ studios also will be open from noon to 4 p.m., with visitors free to visit the studios on their own self-guided tours. Individual artists will be selling their work.
The Open House New York and artists’ studio tours are free.
Westbeth Artist Housing, at West and Bethune Streets, is a 383-unit affordable housing complex for artists. Covering an entire city block, the 124-year-old complex was the original home of Bell Labs. Redesigned by Richard Meier in the late 1960s, the now-landmarked site is one of the first examples of adaptive reuse of industrial buildings for artistic and residential use in the United States. It’s the country’s largest live-work community for artists.