Dale Jones Burch Neighborhood Center at Henry Street Settlement Opens

November 06, 2019
Credit: BBB

BBB joined the Henry Street Settlement in celebrating the opening of the Dale Jones Burch Neighborhood Center, a new home for their community “first responders.”

On October 23, a festive ribbon-cutting marked the opening of Dale Jones Burch Neighborhood Center in a restored historic firehouse at 269 Henry Street. Founded in 1893 by reformer Lillian Wald, Henry Street Settlement provides social service, arts, and health care programs to more than 50,000 New Yorkers annually at 17 sites on the Lower East Side, now joined by the Dale Jones Burch Neighborhood Center. BBB converted the 4-story 19th century firehouse designed by Napoleon LeBrun into a vital new facility offering a range of essential community services, an on-site parent center, and a ground-floor community room.

BBB’s project team joined community leaders and project donors along with members of Engine 15 in an outdoor celebration marking the occasion.


From left to right: Margaret Oldfather, Facilities Officer, HSS; Lauren Cawse, AIA, LEED Green Associate, BBB; Renee Epps, Chief Officer for Facilities, HSS; Elizabeth Leber, AIA, LEED AP, Partner-in-Charge, BBB; Graham Roscoe, AIA, LEED AP, BBB.

Below is a selection of recent press coverage:

Untapped Cities, 19th-Century Firehouse Gets New Life as a Community Center, By Nicole Saraniero

The Villager, Henry Street Settlement on Lower East Side cuts ribbon for new center, By Gabe Herman

Patch, LES Firehouse Remade Into Community Center On Henry Street, By Sydney Pereira

The Lo-Down, Henry Street Settlement Debuts Neighborhood Center in Historic Firehouse Building

Bowery Boogie, Henry Street Settlement Unveils New Community Center in Historic Firehouse, By Elie Z. Perler

Bowery Boogie, This 135-Year-Old LES Firehouse is Now a Resource Center for the Henry Street Settlement, By Elie Z. Perler

Read more in the Press Release from the New York State Governor’s Press Office.