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Winter Warming House

Years



Winter Warming House

Granite Falls, MN


Collaborative work as Homeboat Collective

PARTNERS
Southwest Minnesota Housing Partnership
Partnership Art
Department of Public Transformation


Description
During an intensive one-week construction phase, Homeboat artists renovated the front space of 726 Prentice Street to create a more vibrant, productive, and inclusive working space for the community.

The renovation involved constructing dividers in order to activate the front of the building. We removed a drop ceiling infrastructure to reveal tin tiles above, reworked existing flourescents and added ambient overhead lighting, and revealed an elaborate penny-tile floor after days of removing tar from previous owners.

Beyond construction, we also designed a spacial color palette and repainted the interiors, adding a pattern mural inspired by the granite rock formations in the region. Artists built mobile lightweight furniture for the space, created a point-of-sale system for donations, a community bulletin board, and implemented flexible and strategic mapping of areas in order to function as an informal social space, a multi-purpose venue, and a classroom.

A collaboratively built all-are-welcome rural downtown warming house programmed as an experimental proof-of-concept for community strategies outlined by neighbors during a creative community design-build process. Situated in an unheated building in the long nights of winter in rural Minnesota, the downtown Winter Warming House served as a lights-on, open-door experimental community space in downtown Granite Falls. During the days of programming, Homeboat piloted a series of events including a casserole potluck, bingo night, quick pickling class, movie screening, wood workshops, game days, brunch club, drop-in social hours, and of course, piping hot coffee every morning. Programming the space involved everyday changing window installations, a homemade readerboard, social media takeover, identity design, and upfitted adjustments to the space depending on event needs.









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HI-VIS is committed to making visible the undercurrents and overtures of the working world around us. Our projects live at the intersection of creative production and social engagement, building futures from neighbor-to-neighbor dialogue, civic sharing, and bright-eyed perspectives.