April 12, 2019
The Harlem School of the Arts will receive a $9.5-million renovation that is slated to begin in August. Known as “The Renaissance Project,” the redo will be funded by the Herb Alpert Foundation.
The current HSA facility at 645 St. Nicholas Ave. dates from the 1970s, and its Brutalist-style brick exterior will be updated with a glass wall. Other improvements will include architectural and acoustic redesigns for the central gallery space and a new, energy-efficient roof and windows.
Leading the project will be Imrey Studio LLC, which has worked on projects for the Rubin Museum and New York Public Library. Project management will be handled by Seamus Henchy and Associates.
“The building should be seen as a space that invites people in,” said HSA president Eric Pryor. “The community needs to see who we are, and know that we are committed to providing cultural programming for everyone.”
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