I’ve always avoided walking by the seedy apartment building next door to the office building where I work. I never thought I’d actually set foot in the place. But yesterday I spent a half hour walking all through it.
The Jade Apartments and its next-door neighbor, the Hotel Marshall, are about to be demolished, except for their historic facades, and replaced by a fancy new hotel — right next to the new downtown arena under construction for the Sacramento Kings.
So the Jade has been vacant for a while, and during this brief interval before demolition a local group of artists, M5Arts, has transformed the interior into “an immersive art experience” — the Art Hotel.
The M5Arts web site says “M5ARTS is a new arts initiative in Downtown Sacramento committed to envisioning and creating culturally significant multi-faceted and multidimensional art experiences. M5ARTS and the Art Hotel project at the historic Jade presents a temporary series of arts events, which include exhibitions, salons, lectures, film premieres, book debuts, musical performances, and artist receptions. This multi-media initiative has big hopes to extend its programs to new avenues for years to come, enriching the downtown community and helping define Sacramento’s place in the art world.”
After all this work, the Art Hotel has been open for tours and events for only nine days. Today it closed for ever. Soon the demolition workers move in.
Here are some links to more about the history and changes coming to the Jade and the Marshall:
• An excellent companion audio to the Art Hotel project, featuring former residents of the Marshall and Jade buildings and the artists of Art Hotel: “Less Jaded”
• Article in the Sacramento Bee: “The Last Days of the Hotel Marshall”
• Some pictures in the Sacramento Bee of the artists at work: “Gallery: Old Jade Apartments are transformed into Art Hotel”