Star, NC is a small town at the geographic center of North Carolina. Like many towns across NC, Star used to be home to a vibrant textile mill. When the mill closed down in the late 1990's, the rural town lost its economic engine. In the early 2000's, STARworks, a non profit agency devoted to growing and developing creative enterprises, acquired the 184,000-square-foot, 80-year-old textile mill.
STARworks has since transformed the old textile mill into an incubation center for arts and crafts-related businesses. STARworks has infused the town of Star with new life as a cultural magnet for artists, craftspeople, and creative entrepeneurs.
We renovated 40,000 square feet of space with spacious and well-lit studio workspaces, while taking care to maintain and celebrate the historic character of the old textile mill. The building is now home to a cutting edge glassmaking studio, clay fabrication studio, ceramics supply house, geothermal and renewable energy contractor, and community farm that raises organic meats and vegetables.
For more information visit www.starworksnc.org.
Suzy Cash: Project Manager; Paul Drake: Design Team, in the office of Frank Harmon Architect.