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Ivy Hill Studios (unknown if they have an 'official' name) are a series of beautifully decorated buildings used as live-work art studios at 800–816 East 24th Street. When a vacancy opens up, the owner posts on craigslist.org and then carefully screens the applicants to make sure they're artists and they'll fit in the community.

The buildings were built around 1930. The artists Dixi and Mario Carrillo bought one of the units in the building in 1975 and eventually bought the whole building. You can learn more about this and about the building's former life as a Piggly Wiggly on the Friends of Bella Vista Park site. According to the site, "Mario, primarily a painter, did the gates and all of the ceramic tile work on the facades of five of the units." Further listening: http://www.studio360.org/story/115658-mario/

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Some more pictures..this time by mk30: