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By Kirby scudder
For several years before the Tannery Art Center began construction, Kirby Scudder operated the Dead Cow Gallery in the Kron House on the Salz Tannery site. Courtesy of santacruzwiki.org
Mike Zelver has worked at the Tannery for the last 9 years as the owner’s representative for the City of Santa Cruz. Mike has been on the ground throughout the construction of the live/work spaces, the historic work studios and now the historic restoration of the Kron House, the former home of Jacob Kron, the original owner of the tannery.
In March the year-long restoration project will be complete, ending the most challenging restoration project to date on the tannery’s 8.3 acre property. The Kron house will become the new home to the Santa Cruz County Cultural Council, providing office and conference room space for the county-wide arts organization.
In 1861 Jacob Kron bought the Tannery property and lived in the Kron House until his death in 1879. As the property transferred ownership to the Salzs and later the Lezin Family, the use of the house changed with many additions being built until the final construction in 1969. These multiple structures over many years presented a series of challenges for Mike Zelver, whose goal was both to preserve the historical structure and bring it up to present day construction codes.
Mike has overseen every phase of development at the Tannery, starting with the property cleanup in 2005 and 2006. He’s enthusiastic about the evolution of the Tannery?s role in the community.