Smack Mellon is located at 92 Plymouth Street, at the corner of Plymouth and Washington Streets between the Brooklyn and Manhattan bridges and across from Brooklyn Bridge Park in Dumbo. This beautiful and historic building, which had been sitting dormant for decades, has been revitalized and donated by Two Trees Management and the Walentas family to house both Smack Mellon’s gallery and Artist Studio Program.
Smack Mellon's home is an especially exciting space with tremendous architectural elements. The 12,000 square foot building includes a 5000 square foot exhibition space boasting a ceiling that soars to 35'. There are 25 windows on two levels providing beautiful light and a spectacular view of Manhattan and the East River. Located on the lower level of the building are the Artist Studio Program’s media room, fabrication shop, kitchen and seven private studios.
The 92 Plymouth Street building has an interesting history. The Gair Company constructed the building in 1910 to act as a boiler house. The boilers inside generated steam that was transported under the streets providing heat and power to the other Gair properties in the neighborhood. The building's industrial history remains evident in the giant concrete coal hopper stretching 70 feet in length and suspended 18 feet overhead by steel and concrete columns.
The City of New York whole-heartedly supported the renovation project. Brooklyn Borough President Marty Markowitz and City Council Member David Yassky allocated capital funds for the renovation. City funding was allocated through The New York City Department of Cultural Affairs. The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts and Independence Community Foundation were also major contributors to this capital project. Sage & Coombe Architects designed the renovation of the building.