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Opened
2014

El Barrio’s Artspace PS109

An Artspace Project for East Harlem

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

Exterior

1st Floor Interior Under Construction

Interior Post-Construction

Interior During Construction

Pre-Construction

Before & After

Before & After

EBOF Video

El Barrio's Artspace PS109

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Overview

El Barrio’s Artspace PS109 is a community-driven project which has transform an abandoned public school building in East Harlem into an arts facility with 89 units of affordable live/work housing for artists and their families and 13,000 square feet of complementary space for arts organizations.

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 has been restored as part of the project.

PS109 contains 89 units of affordable live/work housing for artists and their families with 3,000 square feet available for a resident gallery in addition to 10,000 square feet of non-residential space for arts and cultural organizations on the ground floor and lower level. It serves 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 has reserved at least 50% of the units for current El Barrio residents.

Estimated Project Cost

$52 million

Architects

Hamilton Houston Lownie Architects
Victor Morales Architects

Development Partner

El Barrio's Operation Fightback

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