Once upon a time huge amounts of money were being made from the international ostrich feather trade.
Probably the best example in PE is the Feathermarket Centre. I have also seen pictures of the "ostrich feather palaces", mansions built by farmers in the middle of nowhere. Those are often a case of more money than taste.
As far as this place goes: I'd take it for a studio any day.
After several years in the wilderness, surviving on scraps, Northender finds himself living and working in a part of town that has long held a spell over him. Albeit from a distance. Not any more though (the distance is no more, the spell gets stronger though).