The city School Construction Authority is planning a new building for P.S. 101 in Gravesend, at the southern edge of Brooklyn.
The aging elementary school at 2350 Benson Avenue is a brick, four-story building that wraps around from Bay 35th Street to Benson Avenue and 24th Avenue. Like many of New York City’s public schools, it was constructed during the Great Depression and designed with a few Neo-Classical touches. Elaboroate Corinthian columns frame the entrances, and a little setback after the second floor created a terrace framed with little rounded, concrete columns.
The new building will double the size of the school. It will rise four stories and span 51,690 square feet. The ground floor will host a lobby, offices, locker rooms, cafeteria, and kitchen. Classrooms and a “playroof” will fill most of the second floor, followed by classrooms and a library on the third floor, and more classrooms and another playroof on the fourth.
Midtown West-based PKSB Architects will be responsible for the design.
While we can’t be certain, it looks like the new school building will rise on the current parking lot.