About The Jefferson Project 501(c)(3)
A creative space to unify artists in our community
"I'm trying to get everybody together to fill what I see as a gap, an innovation center where art, technology, manufacturing, and community come together."
-Avram Golden, founder of The Jefferson Project
The Jefferson Project is a non-profit, community placemaking initiative whose mission is to provide a connection between art, technology, innovation, and community building, all while preserving and celebrating the local historical significance of architecture and manufacturing in the region.
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The History of
409 First Street
The building at 409 First Street has been an important part of Bay City history for a long time. Originally built in 1902, the Hammond Seed Company used the space to send out seed orders. The building eventually became Warehouse #3 for the Jennison Hardware Store located at 901 N Water Street. For a few years it served as the Bay City Grocer Company, before finally becoming the base for the Riverside Trucking & Storage Company. In 2021, Golden Gallery owner Avram Golden bought the building and surrounding property to jump-start his vision: The Jefferson Project. While the four-story building on 409 First Street is not yet ready for public use, The Jefferson Project is a plan to remodel the space inside and out to create an art and technology hub in Downtown Bay City.
The Jefferson Project Board Of Directors
409 1st Street
Bay City, MI 48706