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MONA Moving Into Hiding While It Continues to Look for Space

By Eric Richardson
Published: Thursday, December 07, 2006, at 06:01PM
Bye Bye MONA Eric Richardson [Flickr]

The Times Calendar site is running a short story talking about the plight the Museum of Neon Art faces as it searches for a new home. They have to be out of their existing space at Hope and Olympic at the end of January and they don't have a permanent home lined up yet.

[Kim] Koga, who has directed the museum since 1998, said she has been searching for months for a new venue, but the museum is caught in a bind common among bohemians in booming urban settings: With rents rising, lofts proliferating and redevelopment efforts underway downtown, the 400-member museum, which lives on a $200,000 yearly budget, can't afford most buildings.

For a while, MONA was looking at the old Subway Terminal Building downtown at Hill and 4th streets, which has been converted into an apartment building and renamed 417 Metro. Then Koga was interested in the basement of the Eastern Columbia building at 849 S. Broadway, a 1929 Moderne landmark with a turquoise terra cotta exterior, designed as a department store, that's being turned into 147 lofts. But neither option panned out.

The collections will be going into temporary space while they continue to look. On a positive note, Brady's on the case and if anyone can find a space to lease it's Brady.

Update (Friday): Brady blogs about the issue.

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