The New York City School Construction Authority (SCA) designed and constructed Public School 235, in the Morrisania section of the Bronx, N.Y. The site formerly was the southern portion of the Old Morrisania Hospital. The northern 11-story building of the hospital was converted into housing for single mothers and their children. At the southern end of the site, the COST PER SQ FT$286.50FEATURED IN2000 Architectural Portfolio slopes down from Walton Avenue to Gerard Avenue.
The school includes a library with a media center, a specialized reading and storytelling area, and a 3,000-square-foot early-childhood playground. The playground separates the school building from the residential property at the northern end of the site.
The building is composed of two main volumes: a four-story building at Gerard Avenue contains all educational classrooms, and a two-story section at Walton Avenue contains all large spaces (gymnasium and auditorium) and is used by the community.
The design of the school engaged the one-story change of levels between Walton and Gerard Avenues and created two distinct entries for different populations of the school. The separation of educational and assembly spaces from the area that is accessible to the community was accomplished by using the gymnasium and auditorium as the divider. The School Construction Authority used brickwork patterns, water table line, corner quoins and the roof color of the existing building to satisfy the mandate of the state Historic Preservation Office—to design a building compatible with the architecture of the remaining oldest Morrisania Hospital building.
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