With proposals to construct a new school within The Grand Concourse Historic District of The Bronx,Partners for Architecture will soon appear before the New York City Landmarks Preservation Commission. Known as The American Dream School, the building would rise five stories and comprise approximately 33,173 square feet.
Located at 700 Gerard Avenue, the proposed school is the most recent development from Friends of The American Dream Charter School Inc. and its affiliate The American Dream School, two not-for-profit education groups. Jacqueline Peu-Duvallon Historic Preservation Consulting is listed as a contributing firm in the most recent proposal documents.
The Grand Concourse Historic District consists of 78 properties located along a one-mile stretch of between East 153rd and 167th Streets. The “Grand Boulevard and Concourse,” now referred to simply as Grand Concourse, dates back to 1891 and originally functioned as a link between Manhattan and The Bronx. Nearly half of the residential buildings within the historic district were constructed between 1922 and 1931. A second wave of construction in the 1940s diversified the architectural character of the district and introduced both Art Deco and Streamline Moderne-style structures.
The façade of the American Dream School attempts to evoke the textural history of the district and incorporates geometric paneling, stucco materials, and curved shapes in the building’s main entryway.
According to documents published in May 2018, total project cost hovers around $27 million.