The Cedar Works Gets Ready To Open Its Doors by Sara Nissley

This article originally ran in the November 2012 Cedar Park Neighbors newsletter.  Want to receive the newsletter delivered to your doorstep (or directly to your email inbox)?  Join CPN today at  The Cedar Works, a reclaimed warehouse on the 4900 block of Pentridge Street that is being renovated into artist studios, offices, and community meeting space, opened its doors on Saturday, October 20th, for a mid-construction open house.  Potential tenants, neighbors, and community members came out to look at the space.  Many people commented on the surprising size and location of the building.

Nestled south of Baltimore Avenue between 49th and 50th streets, the triangular building’s main entrance is just a few doors down from the Pentridge Children’s Garden.  The entrance to The Cedar Works will be located off the street through a garden patio.  Four honey locust trees will be planted in the patio later this Fall.

Ken Beidler, a local potter, will be one of the first tenants of The Cedar Works.  He will manage Cedar Works Pottery Space, outfitted with a gas and electric kiln, glazes and wheels for use to other potters through a monthly membership fee.  Interested potters can contact him at  So far other studio tenants will include local painters, photographers, and a custom framer.

In addition to studio space, The Cedar Works will have a meeting/conference room that will be available for rent at two hour, half day, and full day rates.  The Philadelphia based nonprofit Training for Change will make The Cedar Works its home for Philadelphia trainings and workshops.   The Cedar Works hopes to attract other local groups or individuals looking for space to host their events.

Applications for studio space and for meeting room rentals are being accepted now.

The Cedar Works plans to finish construction in early December, 2012.  For more information about rates and availability or to apply, check out The Cedar Works online at