Brookline Arts Center

Location: Brookline, MA
Size: 1,500 SF

studioMLA is updating the historic adaptive reuse of the Brookline Fire Station #3, which has housed the Brookline Arts Center since 1968. A feasibility study identified ways to modernize and improve both functionality and flexibility of the existing studio and gallery spaces.

The project was planned in phases to minimize disruption and align with funding. Phase I was completed in 2017: adding a marine plywood “utility core” between the main studio and the pottery studio, providing an art sink, work area, built-in storage, and new accessible restroom.

Phase II will connect this renovated studio to an existing gallery, improving art display and allow for larger events. Folding gallery partitions were also designed to create flexible studio space. Historic sealed fire truck doors will also be restored, reconnecting the main space to the outdoors and adding much needed floor space.