• 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 the Powerhouse Workshop. 

  • 2016 – Powerhouse Workshop 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 Workshop scheduled to open to public.

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