Located just 25 minutes from Manhattan, Pratt’s main Brooklyn location is the only New York City art and design school with a traditional campus. A 25-acre landscaped oasis, Pratt provides visual respite in a busy city. Many of the Institute’s 19th-century buildings have been designated national landmarks, including the 1897 Renaissance Revival-style Caroline Ladd Pratt House, which serves as the official house of Pratt’s president and several students. The Pratt Library, which was built in 1896 in a similar style, boasts an interior designed by the Tiffany Glass and Decorating Co.
Beyond this rich heritage, Pratt also has several distinctly modern buildings that have been constructed in the past decade. The 26,000-square-foot Higgins Hall center section, designed by Steven Holl Architects and Rogers Marvel Architects for the School of Architecture, opened in 2006. The following year marked the opening of the 160,000-square-foot Juliana Curran Terian Design Center—designed by Hanrahan Meyers Architects, the firm led by Thomas Hanrahan, Dean of the School of Architecture.
Myrtle Hall, a LEED Gold-certified building designed by the firm WASA/Studio A, was completed in 2010 and is home to the Digital Arts programs. The 120,000-square-foot building is a testament to Pratt’s commitment to sustainability. The entire 25-acre campus also comprises the celebrated Pratt Sculpture Park, the largest in New York City, with sculptures by artists including internationally renowned Richard Serra and Mark di Suvero. According to Public Art Review, it is one of the 10 best campus art collections in the United States.
Pratt’s tree-lined neighborhood, Clinton Hill, has a history that is intimately intertwined with that of the Institute. A century ago, it was home to the elite of Brooklyn. The expansive mansions lining Clinton Avenue belonged to the shipping magnates and mercantile princes of the Gilded Age. Charles Pratt, whose fortune derived from his partnership with John D. Rockefeller in Standard Oil, started his Institute on family land just a few blocks from the family mansion. Clinton Hill is one of New York’s premier Victorian-era neighborhoods and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. In part because of Pratt, it boasts an extraordinary number of creative artists, architects, designers, illustrators, and sculptors among its residents.
Pratt’s Manhattan campus is located at 144 West 14th Street, within walking distance of Union Square, Chelsea’s art district, and many other leading educational and cultural institutions. The seven-story, 80,000-square-foot property offers state-of-the-art facilities within a distinctive, turn-of-the-century Romanesque Revival building. Pratt’s Manhattan-based programs benefit from the campus’s cutting-edge technology and its prime location.
The Manhattan campus houses the School of Information, the School of Continuing and Professional Studies, the Associate Degree Programs, the graduate programs in Design Management, Arts and Cultural Management, and the School of Architecture’s undergraduate Construction Management program and graduate programs in Facilities Management and Real Estate Practice. The Library, exhibition spaces, and state-of-the-art computer labs support the academic programs.
Ways to Get to Know Pratt
All events for fall 2020 and spring 2021 are virtual because of the pandemic.
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Office of Admissions
Myrtle Hall, 2nd Floor
200 Willoughby Avenue
Brooklyn, NY 11205