written by jan shepherd • photographed by eric roth places
SECOND ACT • From performance center to pottery studio, the old Broadway
theater in Somerville, Massachusetts, makes a comeback
new doors and windows
don’t mask the essence of the
old Broadway, a vaudeville
house turned movie theater,
shown (right) in 1945.
LIKE A POTTER WHO SEES THE potential in a lump of clay, Mudflat Studio turned an eyesore in Somerville, Massachusetts, into a dream home for its pottery school and studios. After a decade of legal and financial delays, the
Broadway, a former vaudeville and movie palace built
in 1915, is now a $3.8 million state-of-the-art facility.
Moving four blocks east to 81 Broadway from
cramped quarters in a repurposed department store
last August, Mudflat doubled its space to 16,000
square feet. The new digs include spacious throwing and handbuilding classrooms, 18 studios for 34
architecture: brooks a. mostue, the casali group
potters, a room for four electric and three super-efficient
gas kilns, glazing areas, office space, a lounge-kitch-enette, and a multipurpose room.
“It’s so great to be in the new building,” says Lynn
Gervens, executive director of Mudflat, which enrolls
270 students in pottery classes and workshops each
year. “It’s making everyone very happy!”
A milestone in Mudflat’s 40-year history, its new
MUDFLAT STUDIO INC.
81 Broadway, Somerville, MA
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