Wednesday, June 29, 2011

☞ ARCHITECTURE: El Barrio Firehouse Revisited

It was announced this past December that the landmark, 5-story Victorian firehouse at 175 East 104th Street would be converted into a community media center with three live broadcast and production studios, a large multi-purpose meeting space, a performance space, camera studio facilities along with a broadband training center.  The restored facade just east of Lexington Avenue still has plywood up out front but the interior has recently been revealed and looks quite impressive.  See more photos after the jump.

Photos from a preview of the space on the El Barrio East Harlem Firehouse Media Center facebook site shows a contemporary interior with a nod to some of the antique elements of the building. Most notable are the original wood floors in the computer center which retain a bit of their aged charm. Colors are refreshingly bright and cheery while intrinsic architectural elements such as the arched windows in the conference room add a bit of character to the cleaned up spaces. See what the interior previously looked like in our original post: LINK.  More details on this adaptive reuse project can be found on the firehouse site: LINK


  1. Beautifully done! Who's the architect?

  2. They should be proud, they did an excellent job!

  3. What a wonderful re-use.