The Landmark Building
Building Renovation, 2012-2013
Brooklyn Historical Society announces exciting changes that will transform the institution into an even more welcoming and engaging public forum. In spring 2012, BHS will embark upon a renovation to its first floor and lower level. The designs by Christoff:Finio Architecture will provide BHS members and visitors with improved exhibition, retail, and program space, and a state-of-the-art classroom for school groups. This renovation project has been generously funded by Borough President Marty Markowitz, New York City Department of Cultural Affairs, Brooklyn Delegation of the New York City Council and the New York City Office of the Mayor.
BHS is particularly pleased to let you know that the Brooklyn Historical Society will remain open throughout the renovation. The Othmer Library will remain open; BHS’s newest exhibits, Inventing Brooklyn: People, Places, Progress, and, Say Cheese! Portraits to Pics will be on view; and BHS’s education programs for school children throughout Brooklyn will continue. Public programming will shift to the library during the renovation, providing opportunities to enjoy programs in one of the most beautiful interior landmark spaces in New York. BHS will also offer programs in selected sites throughout Brooklyn during the renovation.
Please scroll down to see the final design plans for the first floor and lower level. The newly renovated spaces are anticipated to open in fall of 2013.
The historic entrance into the building will be reactivated as the main entry point.
The renovation to the first floor and lower level will result in expanded exhibition , classroom, and events space. (Click image to enlarge)
The first floor will feature a new reception desk and expanded retail space for gift items.
The current lobby area will be transformed into a gallery with custom designed rotating window vitrines.
The events space will be expanded to include seating for up to 200, built-in A/V equipment, programmable lighting control system, and new chairs, tables, podiums, and a portable stage. This will be a state of the art facility for public programs, meetings, and event rentals.
The lower level will include a fully functioning classroom with a sink and counter, cubbies and closet storage. This room will also be available for meeting and event rentals.
Exhibition space will continue to the lower level where a new gallery will be devoted to the exhibit In Pursuit of Freedom.
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