The Racine Arts & Business Center has been supporting the growth of artists and businesses in our community for 100 years.

  Art Studios   Affordable Studio Space to fuel your creativity   Learn More

Art Studios

Affordable Studio Space
to fuel your creativity

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  Resellers   Unique & Unconventional Shops

Resellers

Unique & Unconventional Shops

  Office Space   Inexpensive space for Maximum productivity    Learn More

Office Space

Inexpensive space for
Maximum productivity

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  Artisans   Makers of Creative Goods

Artisans

Makers of Creative Goods

  industrial Space   flexible space for your manufacturing   Learn More

industrial Space

flexible space for your
manufacturing

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  Chéz Bob's Café    Home Cooking, Fresh Pie Meatloaf Madness & More!   Learn More

Chéz Bob's Café

Home Cooking, Fresh Pie
Meatloaf Madness & More!

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Southeast Wisconsin's growing artist community

 

The Racine Arts & Business Center is home to Southeast Wisconsin's growing artist community. 16th Street Studios celebrated their 20th anniversary in 2015 and has grown to include over 60 artists. 2016 marked the opening of Gallery on 16th which showcases the art from many of the artists within the 16th Street Studios. 

 

 

A HISTORY OF INNOVATION

 
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The Cream City brick building was built in 1865 and Racine Wagon & Carriage Company took it over in the 1870’s. They continued to add on until 1905. After the advent of the automobile and the decline of the wagon industry, they opened manufacturing space to other entrepreneurs, changed the name to Racine Industrial Plant, and became the first business incubator in the country.

Many of Racine's businesses got their start within the Racine Industrial Plant, including: Modine Manufacturing Company, Webster Electric, Dumore, Midland Container Co., D.W. Davies, Scan-o-Matic, Marini Tool & Die, Racine Boiler, Tank/Metalworld.

Today the innovation continues with a wide range of manufacturers and other entrepreneurs.