Plan & Progress


Phase 1 - 9,000 sf, currently in development

Phase 1 will present a microcosm of the larger Ball & Socket Arts project. It will be a foothold, allowing us to present programming and cultivate donors and partners while we raise funds for Phase 2. Elements of Phase 1 are:

  • Full renovation of Building 2 (The Willow Street Building), to house an art gallery, a multi-function room, offices for Ball & Socket Arts, studio and co-work spaces and a commercial tenant

  • Full renovation of Building 3 (The Wood Shop), which will house a commercial tenant

  • Parking and landscaping along the entire West Main Street frontage

  • Facade rehabilitation of the Front Office Building

  • Hazardous materials abatement site-wide

  • Remediation systems operational in Building 1

Phase 2 - 56,000 sf

Phase 2 will  be the largest phase, bring the entire site into public use. Elements of Phase 2 include:

  • Renovation of Building 1 (the main factory building) to house:

  • the grand art galleries, the music room, the patron welcome center, the museum, retail shops, the food court and the fine dining restaurant

  • Complete renovation of  Building 5 (The Power House) to house commercial tenant

  • Complete parking and landscaping site-wide

  • Bridge connection to the Farmington Canal Linear Park



Design plans for Phase 1 are completed

Hazardous materials abatement in Building 1 begins, funded by a $750,000 grant from the CT Dept. of Economic and Community Development to the Town of Cheshire



Ball & Socket Arts launches Bricks & Glass, the two million dollar capital campaign for Phase 1

Architects Maier Design Group complete a full virtual model of the buildings, having mapped, measured and catalogued every surface and architectural feature including all 350 windows

Ball & Socket Arts begins presenting events on site including the West Main Art Market, plein air painting days and Yoga on the Lawn

The Ely Center for Contemporary Art in New Haven partners with Ball & Socket Arts to present Capturing the Before and art by the MANIAC collective



Ball & Socket Arts presents The Windows Project, the largest public art project in Cheshire history. 48 windows on Building 1 are covered with art, including individual contributions from local artists, a mural installation designed by artist Tony Falcone and historical artists connected to Cheshire

Remedial Action Plan completed by Fuss & O'Neill

Market Study and Strategic Start-Up Plan completed by AMS Planning & Research, funded by a grant from the Connecticut Trust for Historic Preservation



Ball & Socket Arts presents Art Garage, an off-site, temporary art gallery presenting five exhibitions of contemporary art, June-September

Ball & Socket receives the first Historic Preservation Award from the Cheshire Historical Society

Protective stabilization of the buildings completed

Phase II/III Environmental Site Assessment, Hazardous Materials Assessment and Baseline Ecological Risk Assessment completed by Fuss & O'Neill



Ball & Socket Arts takes ownership of the property

Project plan approved by the Cheshire Planning & Zoning Commission

Site listed on the Connecticut Register of Historic Places

Ball & Socket Arts presents "Capturing the Before", a traveling exhibition of work by regional photographers  witnessing the state of the buildings before renovations begin



Ball & Socket Arts awarded $2.2 million in pioneer funding from the Connecticut Department of Economic and Community Development for acquisition of the site, stabilization and environmental remediation

IRS Tax-exempt status secured



Ball & Socket Arts founded and incorporated, September 1