Atmosphere

Art in Residence

A look at a revitalized factory.

October 2010

There’s a poetic wholeness to the building Ivar and Karen Zeile chose for the new location of Plus Gallery (2501 Larimer St., www.plusgallery.com). Not only does the red brick warehouse sit at the entrance to RiNo, Denver’s burgeoning arts district, but it also once housed, in part, the Benjamin Moore paint factory. A historic factory turned contemporary art gallery? It’s hard to come more full circle than that.

The two-year renovation took the existing cube-shaped building and transformed part of it into a minimalist loft-like residence where the Zeiles live with their three-year-old son Udo. In another wing, a two-story gallery space was built in an area with an existing flue structure that had, at one time, stored vats of paint. The two wings are connected by an outdoor courtyard that is used for both gallery and Zeile-family functions. Today, the new and improved Plus Gallery serves as a flagship of the RiNo district, and Karen and Ivar have become the growing neighborhood’s unofficial ambassadors.