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History of El Barrio's Artspace PS 109

Completed in 2014, El Barrio’s Artspace PS 109 now operates as an 114,000 square foot, mixed use historic re-development providing ninety low to moderate income residential units for local artist, and an additional 14,000 square feet of community space on the lower level. Originally, the buidling was designed as “Public School No. 109”, in 1898, by the famed NYC School Construction Authority Architect, Charles Snyder.

Artspace Projects Inc., of Minneapolis, has successfully created 42 other similar community/residential projects in formerly vacant buildings throughout the United States.  Invited to New York City by a local foundation, Artspace partnered with the local housing-rights advocacy group: El Barrio Operation Fightback, to be joint owner/developer and operators of this unique facility.

The goal of this project was to create a new dynamic urban residential setting, within this historic former public school, for the local El Barrio and NYC creative class to affordably thrive and grow within this vital East Harlem neighborhood. 


Before & After