To do their work, artists need light and space?two things that can be hard to come by in Manhattan. In the early twentieth century, artists and their backers put up a number of buildings meant to meet those needs, with double-height studios, allowing for ample light, and low rents. Some of those buildings took advantage of the relatively new idea of co-op apartments and had artists buy shares in order to fund the buildings' construction and maintenance. Artists' cooperatives had occasional downsides?one resident of 130 West 57th Street filed a disorderly conduct complaint against a downstairs neighbor in 1921 over the "absolute riot" of ragtime music coming from her apartment. (The noisy neighbor in question decided to flee to Italy in search of "personal liberty" even once she was found not guilty.) But they were also home to the production of much notable work. We've rounded up 15 notable artists' buildings for the map below. Most are still standing, though the prices for their apartments are no longer so artist-friendly.
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