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Open House planned for May 28 at Thorne Building Community Center

MILLBROOK — The Millbrook Community Partnership (MCP) is inviting community members to an Open House at the Thorne Building Community Center (TBCC) on Saturday, May 28, from 9 a.m. to noon. Those who attend may tour the historic building and see the progress made thus far in the renovation and revitalization of the iconic Millbrook property.

There will be children’s activities near the bandshell next door to give parents time to explore the soon-to-be community center.

In its 127th year, the historic building is undergoing a major renaissance, including exterior restoration and interior renovation of the structure, and a redesign of its grounds.

The TBCC will serve as Millbrook’s cultural anchor, facilitating connections through imaginative programming and state-of-the-art technology.

“The Thorne Building has been emblematic of Millbrook since 1895, when it was gifted to the Village by the Thorne family,” according to the MCP. “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 MCP’s vision incorporates “the expressed wishes and concerns of Millbrook residents while conserving this local resource,” according to the MCP.

It recently completed asbestos abatement, and is now ready to begin renovations to the exterior and interior.

“While simultaneously optimizing the use of 21st-century technology, a re-imagined TBCC 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,” stated the TBCC.

The community center will serve the village of Millbrook, the town of Washington and central Dutchess County by offering programs for all ages — from youngsters to seniors.

The facility will include:

• Performing Arts Center for dramatic arts, dance, music, lectures, film and social events;

• Culinary Center and Instructional Kitchen

• Technology Center

• Video Gaming Room

• Studio for Art Classes

• Music/Recording Studio

• Dance Class Studio

• “Smart” Classrooms

• Shared Office Space

• Exhibition/Gallery Space

• Formal Garden and Ample Parking

The Thorne Building is located at 3323 Franklin Ave., Millbrook. For more information, go to www.ThorneBuilding.org.

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