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Leeser Architecture Transforms Brooklyn’s Historic Strand Theater Into a Cultural Space for the Digital Age

Posted By Jessica Dailey On January 12, 2012 @ 10:02 am In Architecture,Brooklyn | No Comments

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Leeser won a bid by the New York City Economic DEvelopment Corporation [7]to complete the renovation, which they broke ground on last October. The project will preserve the landmark’s historic neo-classical facade while bringing the institution into the digital age. BRIC will get a new 6,000 square foot performance space that will allow the Strand Theater to host live performances for the first time in decades, as well as  a 2,500 square foot black-box studio, a 3,500 square foot contemporary art gallery, and a 1,000 square foot television studio for its Brooklyn’s public access TV station, BCAT [8]. BRIC, the organization responsible for the supremely popular Celebrate Brooklyn! [9] summer music festival, will also have new classrooms and other support spaces.

UrbanGlass [5], currently located in Gowanus, will receive 1,700 square feet of gallery and retail space and an 800 square foot walk-in glass workshop for classes. Founded in 1977, UrbanGlass was the first artist-access glass center in the United States, and it has grown to become the largest. The studio serves 350 artists and 900 students every year, so a large, more easily-accessible space is extremely beneficial.

The new Strand Theater will become a destination for both tourists and arts-loving New Yorkers. About $33 million of the $40 million project is paid for by the city, and renovations are expected to be complete in 2013.

+ Leeser Architecture [2]
+ BRIC Arts Media [4]
+ UrbanGlass [5]

all images © Leeser Architecture [2]

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[1] Brooklyn Academy of Music: http://www.bam.org/

[2] Leeser Architecture: http://www.leeser.com/

[3] Strand Theater: http://cinematreasures.org/theaters/1407

[4] BRIC Arts Media: http://www.bricartsmedia.org/

[5] UrbanGlass: http://www.urbanglass.org/

[6]  : http://inhabitat.com/nyc/leeser-architecture-transforms-brooklyns-historic-strand-theater-into-a-cultural-space-for-the-digital-age/leeser-strand-theater-street-level/?extend=1

[7] New York City Economic DEvelopment Corporation : http://www.nycedc.com/PROJECTSOPPORTUNITIES/CURRENTPROJECTS/BROOKLYN/BAMCULTURALDISTRICT/Pages/BAMCulturalDistrict.aspx

[8] BCAT: http://www.bricartsmedia.org/community-media/bcat-tv-network

[9] Celebrate Brooklyn!: http://www.bricartsmedia.org/performing-arts/celebrate-brooklyn

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