The New York Loft program was created in 1973, led by faculty from the Art Department, from a desire to enhance higher education and broaden ASU students' lives. The original 2,250 square foot facility was opened in 1974 in Tribeca. The Board of Trustees of the Endowment Fund of Appalachian State University purchased the current location in 1998, and the name changed to the Appalachian Loft upon opening in October 1998.
Faculty & Staff Directorships
Directorship positions at the Appalachian Loft are available to all full-time Appalachian faculty for summer sessions, fall and spring semesters. Directors of the off-campus housing facility live in and direct operations of the Loft while fulfilling a departmental research project. The directorships run concurrent with Appalachians semesters. Staff directorship positions are available for full time staff members (SHRA and EHRA Non-faculty) during winter break.
The Appalachian Loft is a 4,400 square foot facility located in the Gramercy Park neighborhood of Manhattan. There are two large bunk rooms, each with 10 beds. Each room has two large bathrooms. There is a shared kitchen, living room, dining area, and media center available for all guests. There is one private room with a private bath along with a suite for our faculty and staff directors while they operate the day to day management of the Loft.
Two bunk spaces are continually held for ASU students each semester who are completing internships for credit. There is an application process for these students, and priority is given to upperclassmen and to students who may not have another opportunity for personal and professional development.