Circle Tours

El Barrios’ Artspace PS109

September 19, 2014

Many thanks to Matthew Meier of HHL Architects and Shawn McLearen of Artspace for an interesting and informative tour of El Barrios’ Artspace PS109, a new mixed-use development providing 90 low-moderate income residential apartments for local artists.

The project has adaptively reused and restored the 114,000 square foot, five-story “Public School No. 109” completed in 1900. It was designed by the famed local architect and Superintendent of School Buildings C.B.J Snyder, and originally used as a neighborhood elementary school.

In 1995, the NYC School Construction Authority scheduled the building for demolition. The Landmarks Conservancy worked with neighborhood groups to save the building in 2000, and successfully registered it on the National Register of Historic Places.

The focus of this distinctive mixed-use project is to provide housing for low-moderate income artists in a unique and functional “hard loft” style design, as well as non-residential space for arts and cultural organizations in El Barrio.

The Conservancy is thrilled to see one of the wonderful buildings it helped save be reused for such a wonderful purpose.

Click here to see more photos from the tour.

To find out more about CBJ Snyder, the prolific architect who designed PS109 and many other beautiful schools in a variety of architectural styles, check out our “Tourist In Your Own Town” video here.


El Barrios’ Artspace PS 109 Project Team

Artspace Projects, Inc.

Development Partner/Bldg Manager
Shawn McLearen & Melodie Bahan

HHL Architects
Matthew W. Meier, AIA

Associate Architect
Victor Morales Architect

Structural Engineer
Robert Silman Associates
Paul Laroque, PE

Mechanical, Electrical & Plumbing Engineer
Lakhani & Jordan

Environmental Engineer
Warren & Panzer

Terra Cotta Consultant
Jablonski Building Conservation
Xsusha Flandro & Helen Thomas-Haney

Interior Designer
Roche & Co.

General Contractor
Monadnock Construction
Janja Pešić


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