Building 301, Governors Island

Spaceworks will join the vibrant arts community on Governors Island with the reactivation of Building 301 into a cultural hub serving artists across disciplines.

History of the Island

Governors Island is located one-half mile south of Manhattan in New York Harbor. The Governors Island Historic District includes some 100 buildings and structures built between the early nineteenth century and the 1980s. From 1821 until 1966, Governors Island was home to the United States Army. For the thirty years following the Army's departure, until 1997, the Island became a base for the United States Coast Guard. Learn more.

Project Overview

Governors Island Building 301 is located in the Historic District of the Island, overlooking Buttermilk Channel and close to the Brooklyn ferry access pier. Formerly housing Public School 26, the building was constructed in 1934 when the Island acted as a base for the United States Army. Two east and west wing additions were added between 1959-60. After the construction of a larger public school in 1970 during the Coast Guard's tenure on the Island, the building was converted to a daycare center and operated as such until the Coast Guard departed in 1997. After being vacant for over 20 years, the building will be rehabilitated to serve as a multi-purpose creative hub comprised of performance/rehearsal spaces, studios, gallery and community space.

Project Status

Under construction

Development Team

The Trust for Governors Island
The LiRo Group, Construction Manager
Vamos Architects, Architect
Blueberry Builders, Demolition & Abatement Contractor

Project Highlights

Project initiated in 2013


Borough: Manhattan


21,000+ square feet


Historic preservation project with anticipated LEED Silver status


Multi-disciplinary creative hub featuring performance/ rehearsal spaces, studios, gallery and community space


This project is made possible by public funds from the New York Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council