Berkeley Carroll School, Performing Arts Center
2:00 pm
1100 Architect, 2016

When the Brooklyn-based private PreK-12 school Berkeley Carroll set out to add a much-needed performance space to its Park Slope campus, it turned to an unlikely location: a nearby church built back in 1936. The school hired 1100 Architect to transform the church’s outdated sanctuary into a contemporary black-box theater space that could also double as a classroom and lecture hall. In the previously single-use space, 1100 Architect designed a dynamic 400-seat theater that can be reconfigured to host music recitals, lectures, dance performances, plays, and film screenings. By retaining the church’s original stained glass windows and introducing retractable blackout curtains, the design makes reference to the building’s history and allows the space to be naturally lit when it is used as a classroom. The theater is supported by newly designed back-of-house spaces including a green room, set construction shops, and a professional grade control booth.

Sunday Tour Info: An OpenDialogue tour with 1100 Architect will last approximately 45 min-1 hr.


Reservations for this tour are now sold out. Interested in exploring historic buildings repurposed for new uses by leading contemporary architects? You may also enjoy the Residences at PS 186 and Boys & Girls Club of Harlem, which requires no reservations! Click on the site’s name to check out its Open Access listing.


Image credit: © Nikolas Koenig. Courtesy of 1100 Architect.