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Dance Theater Workshop

Dance Theater Workshop, 219 West 19th Street, New York, NY

Dance Theater Workshop (DTW), a non-profit arts organization/ dance and theater presenting venue, owned and occupied a 2 story, 1930s vintage garage building in the Chelsea neighborhood of Manhattan. The architect devised a scheme which increased sellable air-rights by 50% while simultaneously creating a column free theater the full width of the property.

Major benefits of the project include:
  • A substantially larger state-of-the-art blackbox theater and stage with capacity for 192 seats and full ADA compliance

  • Maximization of air-rights development to provide 8 floors or approximately 30,000 sq. ft. of apartment space
  • 2 new dance studios, each larger than the existing studio
  • Generous, light filled office space on the 2nd floor
  • A vastly improved sale from the development organization
  • A new, modern identity for DTW at street level including a large multi-use lobby that can be opened to the steet, with a distinct and discrete entrance for the apartments above
  • A built environment which is both engaging and transparent to the surrounding commnity fostering a greater awareness of DTW and its family artists

Location: 219 West 19th Street, New York, NY
Project Cost: $10 Million
Completed: 2002
Architect: Rawlings Architects, NY