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Barnstable Old Selectmen's Building

The Old Selectmen's Building Gallery


EMAIL Volunteer OSB Coordinator Ruth Weil for more information about exhibiting in the Old Selectmen’s Building Gallery.


Program Coordinator Ruth Weil,


HYANNIS, MA,  March 25, 2024—ARTSBarnstable  |Town of Barnstable  is pleased to announce available small space to rent for exhibits and short term studio work at the Old Selectmen’s Building (OSB), West Barnstable, Massachusetts.  The OSB is located on Meetinghouse Way near Luke’s Love Playground, Lombard Field and the West Barnstable Community Building. The OSB is a Town of Barnstable property which has previously been used as weekly gallery exhibit space.

We invite the creative community to rent space in one-to-three-month increments, to work and exhibit. Priority will be given to proposals that include a component allowing for public engagement.  Artists in all disciplines will be considered.

For more information about the Old Selectmen’s Building and the fee schedule for rentals, please go to:

Applications available here and on-line.  This information as well as all the arts and cultural gems in Town of Barnstable are on line at



50% non-refundable deposit required two weeks from approval to reserve the dates.
DAY RATE $50, each additional day: + $50


$100.00 (refundable) security deposit check due with the signed license agreement.
This is in addition to your rental fee check.
This security deposit check will be voided at the end of your rental if the Old Selectman's Building is left 'damage free' and clean.

OSB requires a 50% non-refundable deposit two weeks from approval to reserve the dates.

Larger events may be subject to a mandatory cleaning fee, which will be discussed before the contract is issued.

Old Selectman's Building FAQ

Any group or individual may submit an application for use. Final selections are made by committee and decisions are based on artistic merit and community impact, among other criteria. The following are taken into consideration:  program dates; program variety; diversity and potential for generating revenue and positive promotion for OSB and ArtsBarnstable | Town of Barnstable.

Use of space fees are extremely affordable, designed with creatives and artist organizations in mind. 

There is a mandatory (refundable) security deposit required, separate from the fee.

OSB requires a 50% non refundable deposit two weeks from approval to reserve the dates.

No refunds. In the event of an emergency or medical situation contact the OSB Volunteer Coordinator to discuss.

In the event Town of Barnstable or Massachusetts State guidelines requirebusinesses to close to the public for an extended period of time due to unforeseen circumstances/situations beyond anyone’s control, renters with programs taking place during those mandated closed dates will receive a rent refund less processing fee.

No. There are no regular staff hours at the OSB.
If you want to exhibit at Old Selectman's Gallery you must set your own staff and hours.

No. While we encourage artists to open the doors and engage with the public during exhibitions and art shows, we understand that certain uses, such as fee-based workshops or community meetings, are better served by keeping the event private.

With a few exceptions, the Old Selectman's Building can be opened between 8:00am and 8:00pm, seven days a week.

The Old Selectman's Building Gallery has one large room on the ground floor available for your use and bathroom facility.

Yes, to a minimal extent. It is always beneficial to tag your posts for them to be re-shared

If you tag @artsbarnstable in your own post the account administrator will share it in the ArtsBarnstable stories.

To share your event on the Arts Barnstable website fill out the submit an event form at

The most successful projects at OSB that attract the most attendees or students are those that actively promote and advertise through their own marketing methods. The Town of Barnstable does not guarantee attendance or media coverage of OSB programs.


For questions email:
Your email will be replied to during Barnstable Town Hall business hours within 72 hours.

Once your application has been submitted, the OSB Coordinator will review and will notify you of a decision within two weeks of submission and, If accepted, will connect with you regarding all paperwork and on-site details.


About The Old Selectmen's Building (OSB)

The Old Selectmen’s Building Gallery is seeking applications from artists of all levels and genres who are interested in renting the Gallery on a daily, weekly or monthly basis.

Located in the heart of West Barnstable, the Old Selectmen’s Building has a storied history. Built in 1889 for $1000 as offices for Barnstable’s three Selectmen, it is considered Barnstable’s first town hall. It is architecturally significant as a rare example of the Stick-style architecture. The three designers were Charles Crocker, lumberman and co-founder the Barnstable Brick Company, Eben Bacon and Abel Makepeace, “the Cranberry King.” The Selectmen occupied the Old Selectmen’s Building for thirty-six years before moving in 1926 to a new Town Hall located on Main Street, Hyannis, currently the home of the JFK Museum.

In 1988, a group of citizens working with the West Barnstable Historical Society, organized a community effort to raise funds to restore the building to its original appearance. This was accomplished in 1989 in time for the building’s Centennial celebration and the 350th anniversary of the Town.

Since the restoration, the Old Selectmen’s Building has been transformed into an art gallery, made available for rental as a community art space.

The information about the history of the Old Selectmen’s Building was obtained from West Barnstable Remembered, A Cape Cod Village compiled and published by the West Barnstable Historical Society. (2014).

Gallery Spotlight

Featured Works

In August 2024, the West Barnstable Historical Society (WBHS)  hosted  a special exhibit at the Old Selectmen’s Gallery in celebration of the OSB re-opening since closing in 2020!

West Barnstable artists featured in the in person and now on-line exhibit include:

  • Robert Wheeler  * Marge Keary - Marge was involved with the restoration of the building!
  • Ellen Moran * Ellen Duarte * Carol Lummus *Pat Lawler * Marieluise Hutchinson
  • Jayne Shelley Pierce * Helmi Viliesis  * Gay Black * West Barnstable Table Co.