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About Equinox Studios

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Creating Space for Limitless Possibilities

Samuel Farrazaino, a sculptor by nature, has combined his 28 years of construction industry experience and 30 years of working in and with the arts to found Equinox Development Unlimited LLC, a development company dedicated to creating space for Artists and Artisans. As the Principal of EDU LLC, and its predecessor Sapphire Design & Construction, Sam has developed more than 185,000 Square feet of artist space, here in Seattle and across the country. With more than 20 years as a Design/ Build General Contractor, Sam has been able to capitalize on his design experience as well as his extensive knowledge of construction techniques and building codes to give new life to historic buildings from the 1890’s to the 1980’s. Sam’s goal is to create thriving spaces, focused in the Arts, that support and sustain people and their art through creativity, collaboration and community.

Equinox Studios was founded in 2006 as an enclave of Artists and Artisans in a World War II era factory building in Georgetown, Seattle. The building is heavy timber, post and beam architecture brought back to its original glory by exposing the wood floors, ceilings and beams and clearing out the detritus of almost 75 years of a working factory building. It was originally built for the company that invented Norton Bomb Sights ( the “crosshairs” that bombardiers would look through to zero in on their targets) and was considered a military secrets building throughout the war. After the war it became a machine shop for a variety of products and eventually in the late sixties became Mastermark Printing and Engraving. They produced signs, cards, brochures and plaques, some of which can still be seen around the building today. Mastermark moved out of the building in 2006 to make room for Equinox Studios and thus began its current life with now 36 studios and shops with over 50 Tenants doing amazing work from blacksmithing and metal sculpture, to painting and ceramics, with woodwork, leatherwork, glass, photography and much more in between. This community is growing and collaborating to create inspiring work and engage the public, allowing them to come and experience the Arts in the place where they are made.