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El Barrio’s Artspace PS109

An Artspace Project for East Harlem

215 E. 99th Street, New York, NY, 10029



During construction tour

Steeple installation

Pre-Construction Exterior

Young Visitors at Groundbreaking


EBOF Video

El Barrio's Artspace PS109



In 2004, the Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts awarded Artspace the first in a series of grants to help identify a site for an affordable live/work housing project in New York City. After a two-year search that took Artspace through all five boroughs, former Public School 109 in East Harlem was selected.

PS109 is an amazing building. Designed by Charles B.J. Snyder and completed in 1898, this structure is five stories tall with a steeply pitched roof. Exterior details include several copper-clad cupolas and a wealth of decorative terra cotta. After the building was boarded up in 1995, much of the terra cotta was removed; it will be restored as part of the project, which is a partnership between Artspace and El Barrio’s Operation Fightback, an East Harlem-based nonprofit community development organization.

PS109 will contain 90 units of affordable live/work housing for artists and their families and 10,000 square feet of non-residential space for arts and cultural organizations on the ground floor and lower level. It will serve the El Barrio community by creating permanently affordable housing in a neighborhood at risk of gentrification. To help the area retain its traditional Latino identity, Artspace will reserve at least 50% of the units for current El Barrio residents.

Estimated Project Cost

$52 million


Hamilton Houston Lownie Architects
Victor Morales Architects

Development Partner

El Barrio's Operation Fightback

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El Barrio mural
About the Neighborhood
El Barrio is the Latino cultural capital in New York City.