Built in 1893, the ‘Tis Building was the tallest structure in Prescott at the time. Originally known as the Tilton Building and later as the Knight’s of Pythias Building, it was one of the few structures that survived the fire of 1900.
In 2007, the ‘Tis Foundation purchased the building and after a two year restoration matching early 1900’s criteria , the ‘Tis Building became what is now a splendid three level work of art and home to the ‘Tis Arts Center and Gallery.
The mission of the ‘Tis Foundation is to promote local artists and provide a variety of contemporary, economical art to the community. The center’s two galleries feature a rotating selection of Fine Art paintings, sculpture, jewelry and wearable art, all by Prescott area artists. Its third floor banquet hall, with its spectacular view of the courthouse plaza is ideal for wedding receptions and other black-tie affairs. It is also available for educational meetings, fundraisers, artist workshops, theater and dance performances.
The foundation and the art center are aptly named after a traditional Irish expression, “ ‘tis ” which is short for “it is”.
“That’s your dream out now. That’s what my mother used to say when we were children in Ireland and a dream we had came true” – Frank McCourt, ‘Tis