The Educational Alliance
Jonathan Wallen Photography
Tour Time: 10:00
197 East Broadway,
The Educational Alliance, a non-profit organization, has been serving the community of the Lower East Side of New York for over 120 years. PBDW transformed their historic East Broadway headquarters into the Manny Cantor Center, a new Center serving the needs of a thriving and dynamic but underserved community. The Center’s goal is to nurture the total person, strengthen family connections and build an inclusive community by offering a wide range of programs that integrate education, art and recreation and fitness.
PBDW studied, re-imagined and transformed the aging flagship facilities into a new visionary and innovative environment. The result is a fully renovated, environmentally friendly, multi-purpose space that celebrates the diversity of its constituents by organizing the various program elements into a cohesive whole. The firm’s approach reconciled these varying program elements by organizing them around a new circulation core. New spaces include early childhood classrooms, a teen center and a senior center, seminar rooms, art studios and gallery spaces, administrative offices, a gymnasium, a light-filled fitness center and a rooftop playground. The jewel of the project, located on the top floor, is a state-of-the-art glass enclosed multipurpose event space flanked on two sides by a roof terrace with stunning views of the city and park beyond.
The resulting architecture clearly and concisely responds to the needs of the Educational Alliance while providing a welcoming place for people of all ages and backgrounds.
Tour Guide: Leonard Leung, AIA, LEED AP, Associate, PBDW Architects