PS 343 Manhattan
PS 343 Manhattan
The Peck Slip School

PS 343 Manhattan

The Peck Slip School

Keeping in Character

Our adaptive reuse of a 1950s postal facility created a dynamic “hyper-urban” 712-student school at the former Peck Slip in New York’s South Street Seaport Historic District. We worked closely with the State Historic Preservation Office to design a contemporary exterior envelope appropriate for the new educational use while reflecting the history of the site and the character of the District.

Vertical Expansion Creates Space

We gut-renovated the existing four-story concrete structure, added two stories on top and installed an outdoor playground on the roof.  Fine metal mesh at the rooftop provides safety for the students while creating unobstructed views of the surroundings. Inside, special features included dedicated science classrooms, a library, a kitchen-dining complex and a flexible all-purpose “gymatorium” used during the school days and after hours.

Project Details

Project Market(s):

Education Center

Adaptive Reuse

Project Service(s):


Architectural Design

Interior Design

Professional Credits:

Associate Architect – Massa Multimedia Architecture

Artist – Duke Riley


New York, New York


69,300 SF renovation

27,700 vertical expansion

Completion Date:


Project Lead(s):

Thomas P. Rowe, AIA

Kathy Dy, AIA


Learning by Design 2016

Sustainability Certificate – NYC Green Schools Guide

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