ArtPlay is a children’s cultural art center facility managed by the UAB Alys Stephens Center. This 7,613 square foot, three-story facility is a result of the renovation of the former Johnson House, originally built in the late 1800s and located at 1006 19th Street South in Birmingham, AL.Back to Institutional Projects
Many original facets of the building (such as layout, character, and many finishes) were carefully protected during renovations to retain the original style.
Large rooms with high ceilings and ornate multi-pieced trim were designed into the upgraded concept. Interior finishes consist of refinished hardwood floors, existing wall covering, and painted plaster walls with original ceiling woodwork preserved and carefully re-conditioned and re-finished. The center is a three-story facility; the first floor is decorated to maintain its historical integrity. The second floor is a multi-use level with a dance and drama studio complete with sprung wood flooring, mirrored wall, ballet barre, a small stage, theatrical lighting and state-of-the-art sound, as well as a visual arts studio, media center with recording studio and creative writing and poetry corner. The third floor is home to ArtPlay music programs with a central rehearsal/classroom space and four studio/practice rooms. The property also boasts a multi-purpose arts-education annex and a garden area. Upgrades of the mechanical, electrical, and plumbing systems, and the addition of a fire protection system were carefully coordinated to provide modern, energy efficient services while preserving the original character of the building. The project was completed in 6 months.