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 had fallen into disrepair and needed modernization.
The Thorne Building Community Center, Inc. (TBCC) 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 TBCC will serve as a communal gathering space where disparate groups, from seniors to youth, from full-time residents to weekenders, can connect as a community.
TBCC will fulfill a longstanding need by creating a year-round cultural and arts center for central Dutchess County, working in collaboration with existing arts organizations while also generating its own programming. The Thorne Building Community Center will serve as a magnet that draws residents and visitors alike to the village of Millbrook.
What You Will Find at The Thorne Building Community Center
An auditorium and stage for lectures, concerts, plays, and movies, with state-of-the-art visual and sound systems
Art and music studios
Gallery space to showcase works created by local artists, and acquired by local collectors
A technology center to promote digital literacy for all age groups, with a shared office space system and “smart” classrooms, as well as a video gaming area for teens
A modern kitchen facility for cooking classes, catering, and farm-to-table food preparation
Early education and after-school program space
Redesigned outdoor spaces, including a formal garden and a new playground
A new bandshell and landscaped seating for outdoor concerts
Conceptual Site Plan
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