“Homeless” gallery after being ordered out of the downtown building

Broome County Arts Council is seeking new space for its downtown gallery after the installation had to leave a building in Binghamton that city officials deemed unsafe.

The Craftsmen’s Gallery had been located on the first floor of the First National Bank building at 95 Court Street for two and a half years.

Sentencing notices were posted on the building in May, ordering everyone out.

The Craftsmen Gallery had been located in the First National Bank building since fall 2018 (Photo: Bob Joseph / WNBF News)

Gallery director Constance Barnes said the downtown location was perfect for the installation. She spoke as she was packing items in the gallery that needed to be moved to storage space.

Barnes expressed disappointment that the situation involving the condition of the building is forcing the gallery and others renting the space to relocate.

Building owner Isaac Anzaroot disagrees with the city over code issues. He said he might consider demolishing the 92-year-old structure, although Mayor Richard David said a demolition permit would not be granted.

An interior view of the Artisan Gallery at 95 Court Street on July 20, 2021 (Photo: Bob Joseph / WNBF News)

Contact WNBF News reporter Bob Joseph: [email protected] or (607) 772-8400 ext 233.

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