The Fruit will be undergoing renovation up till the summer of 2017 (knock wood). Prior to this, we've invited artists, photographers, theater companies, musicians and modern dancers to help us test the space. We even had a film crew from NBC out of New York swing by to give us their take. Many arts organizations and advocates have generously shared their advice with us. We've driven our architects crazy with iterations of planning.
Our aim is to get the design right so that the space can be used to fill a need in the Durham art scene. We want to serve a variety of creative people, from all corners of the community, in an affordable manner.
Artists have asked us to preserve the building's gritty aesthetic, much like you'd find in Brooklyn or Berlin.
In the early 2000's, the building was home to a collection of vintage stores and a music venue with a garage-band vibe. Actually, it was a garage. Ahead of their time, these visionaries had to shut down when faced with cost of renovations. Today, the next generation is giving it another go. The soul of the building lives on.
Want to reserve a space to work or host an event? Please stay in touch. We'll post more specifics about the building on this website in the coming months. And we'll know more in spring 2017 about our timeline based on construction. Thanks!
305 S Dillard St.
Durham, NC 27701