Calling All Cramped Artists, Would-Be Arts Impresarios, Homeless Arts Groups, or Visionary Patrons: Shangri-La for Sale in Our Own Backyard
By Ann Sherman

While no one could take over his space in our hearts and memories, anyone who’s ever coveted the late Fred Spratt’s work/gallery space at 920 South First Street can now make a bid on the unique property. The Spratt heirs have listed the expansive place that Fred and Keiko called home, office, studio and gallery with Georgie Huff of Capital Properties. “I really hope someone from the arts community sees its value. So far, a T-shirt company looked at it, and I just hate to see it go to that kind of commercial use,” Huff said.

It would be a real shame if the place Spratt renovated specially to serve as a privately owned, all-purpose arts center was no longer put to its best and highest use. Its intimate yet spacious galleries outfitted with track lighting, exposed wood ceilings and sealed concrete floors alone cry out for an intrepid artist, patron or organization to take up Spratt’s torch before its flame is snuffed for good. Add in a cozy office with built-in shelves and flat files, studio/workshop and cleverly designed scheme permitting large-scale deliveries via a moveable wall in the two-car garage, and it’s a readymade arts salon a stone’s throw from SoFA and Martha Gardens.

As if that wasn’t enough, upgraded electrical, a working kitchen, two full baths, and a rooftop garden and balcony introduce the potential for things like performance to get added to the mix. The former Frederick Spratt Gallery is, and should remain, a serious artist-designed playground. It’s not like San Jose has a surplus of places offering similar possibilities. Contact Georgie Huff at or 408.691.5000 to inquire about resurrecting this legendary local arts space before it gets reconverted back into a sweatshop.

920 S. First Street
Offered for $699,000
Endless Opportunities…
Gallery Space, studio space, work space… this place provides
endless opportunities. Zoned Commercial, this space can be
used for all forms of retail and mixed uses. Amenities
include a working kitchen, two full baths, upgraded electrical,
garage space, roof top garden, office space, formal gallery
space and work space designed for easy, large scale deliveries
through a moveable garage wall. Excellent location in the
path of downtown’s expansion. Closely located to the new
Marta Gardens Arts Community and the Downtown
Art District.
Presented by
Georgie Huff
4,300 Square Feet of Improvement
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Two wo F Full ull Baths
2 Car T Tandem andem P Parking arking Garage
Roof oof T Top op Balcony
Utility R Room/oom/W Work ork Shop
4,356 Square Foot L Lot ot
APN 472-16-057

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