At one time the long, open, arena-like space apparently served as a ballroom/dance hall. It is also fondly remembered by some San Jose residents as the Auditorium Roller Rink. Later, it was believed to have been used as a storage and warehouse facility, temporarily ending the building's decades long history as an activities center.
In 1991, Mr. Falko Forbrich purchased the building and converted it to studios which now provide work space for dozens of artists working in a wide range of mediums.
The beautifully refinished hardwood floors in the wide gallery/hall are the original surface on which San Jose skaters happily whirled.
The artwork produced, creative art classes taught in the sunny, skylit studios, our Open Studios, Swan Day and other events have once again revived the building's energy and vitality.