The Wall Street Journal has a story today that profiles architect Thomas Leeser’s approach to renovating the Strand Theatre in the BAM Cultural District, which involves treating the entryway’s Ionic columns with “deliberate irreverence.” Lesser’s plans involve having the word “BRIC” spelled out in florescent lights on the entryway—the building will be home to BRIC Arts and Urban Glass—which Lesser says should eliminate “this classical, iconic facade as the symbol of all theaters.” The story notes that the building is being reinvented as a “citizen of the digital age.” As shown in the second rendering above, the Rockwell Place side of the building will have “monitors installed in modules in front of the lobby’s seating that allow visitors to view interactive art projects.” The $40 million renovation is supposed to be finished in 2013. The Strand was built in 1918 as a vaudeville theater and later became a movie house, then a bowling alley in the ’50s, then a manufacturing space.
Designing Brooklyn’s Future [WSJ]
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Brooklyn, one building at a time. Name: Row house Address: 245 Front Street Cross Streets: Bridge and Gold Streets Neighborhood: Vinegar Hill Year Built: 1852-55 Architectural Style: Greek Revival Architect: Unknown. Landmarked: Yes, part of Vinegar Hill HD (1997) The story: Like stumbling upon Brigadoon, Vinegar Hill is hidden from most people’s view, tucked away […]
A convention center is planning to open at 79 Franklin Street in Greenpoint later this year, possibly in October, according to DNAinfo. Currently under construction, the Brooklyn Expo Center will have 28,000 square feet of space for exhibitions and meetings. There will also be a cafeteria and parking. A reader who lives nearby said it looks […]
Although obviously in need of work to turn it into living space, this has got to be one of the coolest properties for sale we’ve ever seen. There’s tons of curb appeal (or will be, pending a fresh paint job), beamed ceilings, arched windows and doors, diagonal floors and three skylights in this seemingly untouched […]