Knockdown Center is an art center and performance space dedicated to unusual projects and collaborations.

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Featuring programming of diverse formats and media, Knockdown Center aims to create a radically cross-disciplinary environment. The particularity of our architectural environment and history leads us to gravitate toward projects that demonstrate a sensitive reactivity to site and environment.

This 50,000 square-foot building has seen continuous use for more than 100 years: first as the Gleason-Tiebout glass factory, then as Manhattan Door factory. It is named for the Knock-Down door frame that was invented here in 1956 by Samuel Sklar and remains an industry standard to this day. The frame could be shipped in pieces — or “knocked down” — and installed into existing walls, revolutionizing the speed and efficiency of building construction. The factory has since remained in the Sklar family and is again a site for innovation. Having undergone a renovation that is equal parts preservationist and state of the art, Knockdown Center now produces and hosts cultural events and exhibitions that respond to its unique architecture and dimensions.


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Help us continue to broaden our community of bold practitioners with a wide spectrum of interests. We invite innovative thinkers who are dedicated to taking their creative work to the next level to submit project proposals.


Knockdown Center is currently accepting bookings for location rentals, private events, and weddings. Follow the link to learn more.