House Lust: A Chic Artist’s Studio in the Heart of the Jewelry District

Peek inside the Galkin Company building, a onetime auto body shop that's home to a wealth of artful spaces.

This isn’t some quaint space to paint pretty pictures in your spare time.

No, the studio at 161 Chestnut Street in Providence is for the sort of artist that requires more than 7,000 square feet to make her or his mark on the world. It has a production facility, offices, workshops and storage over two levels. In short, it’s wholly professional in a way befitting the Creative Capital.

The studio is sited in the front of the Galkin Company building, a onetime auto body shop in the heart of the Jewelry District. But, aside from double doors wide enough to accommodate 1930s cars in for repair, the studio is entirely modern. Glass partitions delineate living and work areas, and massive windows offer ample natural light.

The studio occupies two units over more than half of the building’s footprint, which includes a condo designed by architect Friedrich St. Florian. Listing agent Kim Winslow of Residential Properties says the condo is also on the market and both may be sold together for the rare opportunity to own an entire building in the Jewelry District.

Here’s your House Lust:

For more information on 161 Chestnut Street in Providence, contact Residential Properties’ Kim Winslow at 401-212-6648 or visit


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