The King Plow Company would be transformed from an antiquated plow factory into an arts community and center for commercial, performing and visual arts. In 1990, the owners put together a team to redevelop the factory into a mixed use arts facility that would allow for the preservation of the historic and architectural significance of the buildings while providing affordable studios for artists and other creative businesses and individuals.
The project started with eleven different buildings. Several of the buildings were built at different periods of time throughout the King Plow Company's existence. The oldest, as well as, the only two-story building was built circa 1890. Most of the other buildings were built between 1936- 1938. Because of the different types of architecture involved, the renovation of the buildings created spaces that are truly unique. In addition to the original 165,000 square feet in eleven buildings, King Plow purchased an additional five buildings between 1999- 2000, bringing our total to sixteen buildings, on 12.5 acres with approximately 256,000 square feet including common hallways.
The King Plow Arts Center currently has more than one hundred tenants and condominium owners representing fine, commercial and performing arts. Tenants representing fine art areas include: photographers, sculptors, painters, and metal smiths. The commercial arts are represented by a floral sculptor, architectural firms, interior designers, a modeling agency, graphic design firms, advertising agencies, multi-media designers, and several product & fashion photographers.
In 2003, King Plow Arts Center became the first Historic live/work/loft/office/commercial condominium in the city. The arts center now consists of live/work studios, commercial office spaces, special event facilities, Actor's Express Theater, Bold American Food Co. catering, Paul Mitchell hair school, and Terminal West concert venue. King Plow is the largest center of its kind in the city and has become a significant part of Atlanta’s arts community.
King Plow Arts Center is pleased to serve as a model of adaptive reuse of historic structures and as a catalyst for the proposed Marietta Street Arts Corridor.