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El Barrio’s Artspace PS109

An Artspace Project for East Harlem

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


Art Installation in a unit

Interior live/work unit

Interior live/work unit

PS109 artist Gia in her live/work space

Before & After

Before & After

EBOF Video

El Barrio's Artspace PS109



El Barrio’s Artspace PS109 is a community-driven project which has transformed 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 10,000 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. 

Estimated Project Cost

$52 million


Hamilton Houston Lownie Architects
Victor Morales Architects

Development Partner

El Barrio's Operation Fightback


Commercial Leasing Manager

Asset Manager
Jennifer Marmol