Credit: Max Touhey

Dale Jones Burch Neighborhood Center at Henry Street Settlement

BBB’s adaptive reuse of a nineteenth-century firehouse has created a vital community facility for a venerable Lower East Side nonprofit social service organization.

BBB has converted an 1883-4 4-story firehouse designed by Napoleon LeBrun into a thriving community facility at Henry Street Settlement, one of the city’s largest and oldest social service agencies. Opening its doors again after almost two decades, the rejuvenated firehouse serves as the welcoming and accessible new entry to the Henry Street Settlement complex. The renovation provides a new home for the Parent Center and Resource Center, offering a wide range of essential community services and a multi-functional community room. A careful restoration of the facade preserved its signature cast-iron frame, ornate brickwork, and Queen Anne and Romanesque Revival elements. Interior design reflects the building’s past through exposed brick and reuse of the brass firepole; contemporary insertions relate to the era’s use of tin ceilings and decorative tiles, interpreted into an animated and welcoming workspace. The project is a culmination of BBB’s decade-long collaboration with Henry Street Settlement, starting with a 2007 feasibility study charting plans for the firehouse renovation.

 

Client

Henry Street Settlement

Location

New York, NY

Size

7,000 SF

Completed

2019

People

AIA, LEED AP
Managing Partner
AIA, LEED AP
Associate
LEED AP
Senior Associate, Environmental Graphics