The developers of Santa Monica’s gallery haven Bergamot Station are planning another art center, this time in San Pedro. “Crafted at the Port of Los Angeles,” which was just approved by the Los Angeles Harbor Department (city council approval is still pending) will offer paintings, sculptures, and other artworks sold by 500 artists sitting in open stalls. The facility, set to open next summer, will be located inside the city’s warehouses No. 9 and 10, located near Cabrillo Marina. The structures, totaling 140,000 square feet, were used by the Navy during the 1940s, then later for storage. Their clerestory windows and huge doors will allow lots of light and air inside.
The design team, led by Venice-based Zeno Design Group, will clean and repaint the spaces, fix their roofs, and replace their windows but leave the bulk of the buildings intact. “It’s great architecture. Why mess with anything?” said Alison Zeno, a principal at Zeno Design and also a member of the development team. The center is part of a plan to spur more development in the area, which has long been underused. Also part of that effort, Crafted, which will be open on Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays will include live music and other events, food stalls, and unique vendors. “We’ll be able to turn it around quickly and show that we can bring visitors to the waterfront,” said Zeno.