The Community

The Exner Block serves artists by providing affordable housing and studio spaces. The town’s architecture, history, and location supplies a visually and culturally rich playground where one can find stimuli ranging from intensely industrial to naturally pristine. Constructed circa 1905, the tin clad building is situated along the canal and every apartment has a view of this swiftly moving body of water. Across from the canal is the train station, a hub for the passenger and freight trains. Many of the trains that pass through town switch lines and add cars, each one carrying its own unique sound. Within the building up 10 artists are living and working within close quarters. Some choose seclusion while others meet together to discuss new projects. The apartments are beautifully restored with modern appliances (including digital heat for each room!). The original molding was preserved along with the floors and hardware. On the first floor one can peruse the halls which are lined with art, visit the gallery which features rotating shows, or pop into one of the retail establishments that foster inexpensive spaces for aspiring business owners. Over the years, some of the resident-artists have taken the initiative to run retail spaces. For more information please consult eligibility.

Jewelry Studio
Jewelry Studio


11 Canal Street is available now!

The space is 200 sq feet. Rent is $300/mo and includes heat, hot water, and rubbish removal. Air conditioning is available, and the color scheme can be changed at the renter’s expense.

Click on the photos of 11 Canal below to enlarge them.

Please contact Kathy Relihan for an application: Kathy Relihan, Occupancy Manager, Stewart Property Management, 45 Rockingham Street, Bellows Falls, VT 05101, 802-463-9863 phone, 802-463-1910 fax.

Please contact Robert McBride at with subject line “Exner Block” if you would like to be notified via email when there is an availability in the Exner Block.

For more information about future openings contact Robert McBride with subject line “Exner Block” at


There are currently no apartments available in the Exner Block.