Mighty Tieton Lofts is the result of an idea thought up by Ed Marquand while riding his bike through Tieton, a small town just west of Yakima. Marquand popped his tires on a patch of goathead thorns and spent a couple of hours in the town repairing them. During his stay, he noticed several abandoned warehouses in the center of Tieton that seemed as though they would be very affordable. He decided to invite a number of artists, architects, designers and other creative individuals to come up with ways to use the spaces that would allow the opportunity to produce things that would be too expensive to produce in larger cities such as Seattle; and thus Mighty Tieton Lofts was born. Architect Philip Christofides focused his energy on transforming the interior and decided that the facade should and would always look like a warehouse. Based on an old urban concept, they decided to create private living spaces but retain communal space for parties and art shows. All units were sold in 2007 and 2008 and most of the core croup that was involved in the original plans still resides there and enjoys the sense of community. There is a sophistication of design while keeping the organic and functional feel of the space. To find out more about the project, plan a visit, or get involved, check out their website.