St. Ann’s Warehouse unveils plans for a historic Brooklyn building (slide show)

Brooklyn Bridge Park’s historic Tobacco Warehouse is getting converted into a theater.

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  • Rendering: Courtesy Rogers Marvel Architects PLLC

    Proposed St. Ann's Warehouse space at the Tobacco Warehouse

  • Rendering: Courtesy Rogers Marvel Architects PLLC

    Proposed St. Ann's Warehouse space at the Tobacco Warehouse

  • Rendering: Courtesy Rogers Marvel Architects PLLC

    Proposed St. Ann's Warehouse space at the Tobacco Warehouse

Rendering: Courtesy Rogers Marvel Architects PLLC

Proposed St. Ann's Warehouse space at the Tobacco Warehouse


The Tobacco Warehouse’s days as a beautiful husk are numbered. Having secured use of the historic Brooklyn Bridge Park building last year, adventurous Off Broadway mainstay St. Ann’s Warehouse unveiled its plans for the space yesterday. And—spoiler alert—it looks amazing: The design by Rogers Marvel Architects (responsible for McCarren Park Pool, the new Governors Island park and the Studio Museum in Harlem) will put a roof and windows on the edifice and build out the inside while preserving the 1860 building’s weathered brick walls.

Highlights of the design include a flexible performance space, a corridor in front of the box office that will open onto views of the bridge and the water, and an adjacent area available for use by neighborhood artists and groups. To address concerns from community groups that repurposing the warehouse as a theater would shut out the public, the triangular area on the west side of the building will be left alfresco and converted into a birch tree grove open to all during park hours.

Founded in 1980, St. Ann’s has been on the hunt for a permanent home since it left its original stomping grounds at Brooklyn Heights’ St. Ann’s Church in 2000. The theater was on Water Street in Dumbo until last fall, when it moved to its current temporary space on nearby Jay Street.

We’re relieved that this institution, one of our favorite outer-borough theater venues, has finally found a place to settle down. Let’s just hope that the Dumbo iteration of Smorgasburg, which operates out of the Tobacco Warehouse on Sundays from April to November, will find a new place to set up shop before construction gets under way.


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