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122 Community Center’s sophisticated Deborah Berke renovation is complete

The former PS 122 building has been home to community organizations since the 1970s

Via Field Condition

Eight years after the project was first announced, work has now wrapped up on the 122 Community Arts Center, formerly PS 122, located at the corner of First Avenue and East 9th Street.

Field Condition captured photos of the completed renovation and expansion, which took about six years to complete from start to finish. The project was designed by Deborah Berke Partners, and included the addition of a glass and metallic structure on a thin sliver of land on the northern side of the building.

This five-story addition created more room for all of the organizations that currently inhabit the building namely Performance Space 122, Mabou Mines, Painting Space 122, and AIDS Service Center NYC, and brought the overall structure up to code.

The official groundbreaking ceremony for the project was held in November 2013, and the city contributed $35 million toward making this renovation happen. Built as a public school toward the end of the 19th century, the structure continued to operated as a school until the 1970s. It has served as a home for community organizations ever since.