Over the past two years, the 1860’s Tobacco Warehouse that sits in Brooklyn Bridge Park under its namesake bridge has been tangibly reimagined as a new home for avant-garde theater group St. Ann’s Warehouse. The $31.6 million renovation was officially unveiled with an on-site ribbon-cutting ceremony, and oh how the structure has transformed.
For starters, the Civil War-era warehouse is now enclosed for the first time in 40 years thanks to a topper of glass bricks and reflective mortar designed by renovation leader Marvel Architects. Marvel’s renovation preserves the Tobbaco Warehouse as relic by floating a new structure inside of its walls; the result is a theater that can transform its footprint to serve the needs of its resident company.
The major overhaul included creating a 10,000-square-foot open performance space with seating for 700, and a 7,800-square-foot open-air garden designed by Brooklyn Bridge Park landscape architect Michael Van Valkenburgh Associates .
Want to peek in yourself? St. Ann’s will be hosting an open house on October 17 that will include a complimentary concert at noon.
Source: Curbed, Zoe Rosenberg
Photo: Courtesy of St. Ann’s Warehouse (Pavel Antonov)