122 Community Arts Center

New York, NY
52,000 square feet total
Anticipated LEED Silver
Type: Arts / Civic
Themes: Transforming Old Buildings / Making & Learning
This project, for New York City’s Department of Cultural Affairs, transforms a five-story historic former public school to better house four arts groups and one community-service organization. Our design proposed a new five-story addition to create additional public space and provide access to all parts of the building.
The addition includes two new theatres within the building shell, a design studio, rehearsal rooms, shop space, painting studios, two gallery spaces, a lobby and pre-function gathering area, offices for the community center, and an outreach station for the community service group.


Key People

Maitland Jones

Ameet Hiremath
Project Lead

Brendan M. Lee
Project Manager


Deborah Berke Partners

Buro Happold
Structural, MEP/FP, Lighting and Environmental Engineers

Harvey Marshall Berling Associates
Theater and Acoustical Consultant

Langan Engineering & Environmental Services
Civil and Geotechnical Engineers

Front, Inc.
Façade Consultant

C.B.J. Snyder
Original Architect (1894)


2011 Annual Awards for Excellence in Design
The NYC Public Design Commission

Award of Honor
SARA National Design Awards 2019

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220 Fifth Avenue
7th Floor
New York NY 10001
212 229 9211

©2020 Berke Architects D.P.C.