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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 [10]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 [11]. BRIC, the organization responsible for the supremely popular Celebrate Brooklyn! [12] summer music festival, will also have new classrooms and other support spaces.

UrbanGlass [9], 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 [6]
+ BRIC Arts Media [8]
+ UrbanGlass [9]

all images © Leeser Architecture [6]


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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