Last week we saw the beginnings of activity at the future Fort Greene home of the Manhattan-wary Theatre for a New Audience on Ashland Place (opening spring 2013), and today the Brooklyn Eagle reports that BAM’s new Richard B. Fisher Building and its theater just down the block at 321 Ashland Place has also set an opening date.
The opening of the new building is scheduled for the summer of 2012 to cap off the year-long celebrations of BAM’s sesquicentennial, which begin in September. This will be the first new BAM building since the Harvey Theater on Fulton opened in 1987. It will feature a 250-seat flexible performance to accommodate any kind of event, especially theater and dance. The building will also house a 1,400-square-foot studio and rehearsal space for performance groups and local organizations to hold events.
H3 Hardy Collaboration Architecture’s design for the Fischer Building, which includes a rooftop garden and expanded facilities for BAM’s education and family programs, rises from the base of a former Salvation Army structure situated between the Howard Gilman Opera House and the Williamsburg Savings Bank. It stands as another major step forward for the slow-off-the-mark BAM Cultural District, which—along with TFANA and planned renovations to the BRIC Arts space at Fulton and Rockwell—seems o finally be taking shape.