Lubbock art patron Louise Hopkins Underwood built consensus in the 1990s on the community-wide benefits of providing sites in the wide-open spaces of downtown where performing and visual artists could work. Support from private philanthropy and the City of Lubbock led to the organization of LHUCA, which has proved to be an incubator of cultural energy in this sector north of the courthouse square, closed in by railroad tracks to the east, the Marsha Sharp Freeway (U.S. 83) to the north, and the Civic Center (LK11) to the west. New York City architect Douglas Moss, a graduate of Texas Tech’s architecture program, and his partner Malcolm Holzman reworked a redundant City of Lubbock Fire Station at 5th Street and Avenue K into studio, exhibition, and performance spaces for LHUCA. This lured Lubbock art impresario Charles Adams to devise the Charles Adams Studio Project (CASP) in 2009. Working with Swiss-born Lubbock architect Urs Peter Flückiger, CASP undertook the Charles Adams Gallery live-work spaces (2011; 602 Avenue J), the Studio Flats@LHUCA with their distinctive elevated, red steel shipping containers, patterned concrete block street walls, and steel siding (2011, 2016; 1010 Mac Davis Lane), and the striped 5&J Gallery and Studios (c. 2011; 1103 5th Street). LHUCA demonstrates that there is life, imagination, and style in downtown Lubbock.
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Louise Hopkins Underwood Center for the Arts (LHUCA)
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