The Thorne Building has been emblematic of Millbrook, New York, since 1895, when it was gifted to the Village by the Thorne family. Until 1962, the three-story Beaux Arts structure served as Millbrook’s first public high school. Since then, it has seen only sporadic use. In recent years, it has fallen into disrepair and needs modernization.
The Millbrook Community Partnership (MCP) has stepped in with a clear and consistent vision that incorporates the expressed wishes and concerns of Millbrook residents while conserving this magnificent resource. With its historic exterior restored and its beautiful interiors renovated, while simultaneously optimizing the use of 21st-century technology, a re-imagined Thorne Center will serve as a communal gathering space where multiple groups, from seniors to youth, from full-time residents to weekenders, can connect as a community.
The Thorne Center
The Thorne Center renovation will convert the old Beaux-Arts school building at the top of Franklin Avenue in Millbrook into a community center that will offer programs for all ages, and include a state-of-the-art performance center for films, concerts and dance recitals; a technology center to help young and old bridge the digital divide; a co-working space for local entrepreneurs; a center for culinary education; gallery space; music, dance, art studios... and much more.
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