El Barrio’s Artspace PS109 is a community-driven project which transformed an abandoned public school in East Harlem into an arts facility. Designed by Charles B.J. Snyder and completed in 1898, this structure is five stories tall with a steeply pitched roof, copper-clad cupolas, and a wealth of newly restored decorative terra cotta. Today, the project boasts 90 units of affordable live/work housing for artists and their families, as well as 10,000 square feet of complementary space for arts organizations.
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Architects: Hamilton Houston Lownie Architects and Victor Morales Architects
Contractor: Monadnock Construction, Inc.
Development Partner: El Barrio's Operation Fightback
Funders: NYC Department of Housing Preservations and Development; Capital One Bank; Deutsche Bank; Raymond James Tax Credit Funds; Ford Foundation; ArtPlace America; Bloomberg Philanthropies; Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts; JPMorgan Chase Foundation; Booth Ferris Foundation; Deutsche Bank Americas Foundation; Rockefeller Brothers Fund; Rockefeller Foundation; New York Community Trust; MetLife Foundation; David Rockefeller Fund; Washington Mutual Foundation; and La Raza Development Fund
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Live/Work Artist Housing
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Efficiency, One-, Two-Bedrooms
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Resident Gallery; Green Space
It’s such a productive place; everyone around you is an artist. I feel like I can spread my wings now. I literally won the lottery! It puts me in the optimal environment for doing the things I love.