The Chris White Community Development Corporation was formed to renovate and operate the 5-story building located at 701 N. Shipley Street.

Volunteers Needed:

(1) Chair of the Building Operating Committee, and
(2) Treasurer
Click here to learn more about these open positions on the CWCDC Board.


23 artist loft apartments (18 with subsidized rents) an art gallery, and a meeting space became a reality in 2010. Funding was obtained through historic and low income housing credits as well as the generosity of several foundations, banks and the city of Wilmington. Click here to rent an apartment.

2020 marks our 10th anniversary!

Since the building opened in May, 2010, the residences have been fully occupied and the Chris White Gallery on the ground floor has regularly displayed art exhibits and hosted gatherings, only to close in March, 2020 because of COVID-19 concerns. But, even with the its space closed, the gallery is still active!


Our mission is to develop affordable artist housing along with the supporting infrastructures that cultivate a Wilmington art community capable of innovative and lasting collaborations with the surrounding community.

Our vision: We see a vibrant and just city that is nurtured by the ideas generated by our projects. We recognize that solutions are found in honest and passionate communication. The creativity of interdisciplinary collaboration advanced by our development will infect the city with the joy, determination, and spirit of our friend Christopher W. White.

Chris White, the namesake of our corporation and our gallery.