Bedford Union Armory
The Bedford Union Armory is a mixed-use development located in the Crown Heights neighborhood of Brooklyn, NY. Formerly known as the Troop C Armory, the structure was designed in 1903 by Pilcher and Tachau. The project will add units of housing to the site while transforming the existing armory into a community hub. The Major R. Owens Health & Wellness Center will preserve approximately 84 percent of the historic armory building, while providing a significant amount of new community facility space and providing new housing units, more than half of which will be affordable.
A flexible community facility, with the ability to host a range of activities for the neighborhood, such as farmers markets, movies and community meetings. Office spaces are available for non-profit organizations, focusing on tutoring, counseling, educational services, cultural programming, and LGBT support services.
As part of the development of the drill shed, a new pool was designed as part of the amenities for the community.
The renovated site includes a swimming pool, dance studios, an indoor soccer field, and multiple basketball courts.
Process sketch detailing entry points for Building 2
Process sketch detailing the façade of Building 2
The lower building will sit along the southern edge of the Armory; its volume is articulated to maintain the profile of the existing stables as well as the prominence of the Armory’s Head House at the corner of Bedford and President Street. The residential scope will include a new 82,000-square-foot, eight-story 60-unit affordable residential building with a medical facility.
Community facility entrance at President Street (Building 2)
Residential entrance at President Street (Building 2)
The larger residential building occupies a through-lot condition, spanning from President to Union St., with opportunities to play off the height of the Armory’s Drill Shed without taking away its unique character. This 320,000-square-foot, fifteen-story rental residential building will host 355 market rate and affordable units.