• 1903 – The Brooklyn Rapid Transit (BRT) Power Station constructed to supply electricity to the newly consolidated local steam railroad, elevated railroad and street car system.

  • 1950s – The Power Station decommissioned and the Boiler House demolished.

  • 1950s – early 2000s - Site abandoned, with restricted access. The building becomes known as the “Batcave,” a destination for explorers and graffiti artists, whose work covers its walls.

  • 2012 – The site is acquired by the Powerhouse Environmental Arts Foundation, a not-for-profit organization created to redevelop the property and operate Powerhouse Arts. 

  • 2016 – Powerhouse commissions the Pritzker-prize winning architecture practice Herzog & de Meuron to reimagine the 113-year-old power plant and create facilities for fabrication

  • 2017 – Powerhouse Environmental Arts Foundation completes a voluntary remediation process under the NYS Brownfield Cleanup Program as part of its commitment to environmental stewardship and to the revitalization of Gowanus.

  • 2020 – Powerhouse Arts scheduled to open to the public.