Location: New York City, NY, USA
After being built in 1903 as a glass factory, Knockdown Center was transformed into a door-manufacturing plant in the ’50s, where the Knock-Down door frame was invented by Sameul Sklar, who effectively revolutionised building construction. The factory remains in the Sklar family and continues to be a hub for innovation in its current iteration as a 50,000-square-foot, multidisciplinary arts venue.
After undergoing a renovation that was equal parts preservationist and cutting-edge, Knockdown Center opened in 2013. The sprawling space’s rich architectural history has been the perfect backdrop for performances from artists like Bicep, James Murphy, Dubfire and Loco Dice.
Since reopening its backyard post-lockdown in July 2021, Knockdown Center has booked heavy-hitting underground acts including Kerri Chandler, Octo Octa and Mike Servito.