|A rendering of the BAM Richard B. Fisher Building, designed by|
H3 Hardy Collaboration Architecture and opening in the
Fall of 2012
There’s the original building on Montague Street, mentioned below, whose spectacular demise in what the Times at the time called a “seething sea of flame” led to the construction of the current Beaux Arts gem on Lafayette. And that once-wayward vaudeville and movie house known as the Majestic Theater (later, the Harvey Theater), all but left to rot until director Peter Brook’s Mahabharata came into town? A book could be written on it alone. Leave it to Sharon to tell these stories, but suffice it to say that BAM’s buildings are as much characters as mere containers. And now we’re adding another.
Scheduled to open in the fall of 2012, the BAM Richard B. Fisher building (depicted above) will be an environmentally-friendly, multi-use community and arts center located right behind the opera house at 321 Ashland Place. That’s the old Salvation Army building location, for all of you Fort Greene originals. Assuming BAM has the “seething seas of flames” out of its system, the script looks good: affordable rehearsal and performance spaces for local artists, culturally diverse programs for families and kids, a professional development arts management program, an intimate 250-seat theater to showcase both up & coming and renowned artists, and a green roof, among other things. I'll be discussing all these things—the green roof, in particular—in future posts, so check back often.