Brooklyn Historical Society's four-story Queen Anne-style building was completed in 1881. Designed by renowned architect George Browne Post, the building features terra cotta ornamentation on the façade and an innovative truss system to support the ceiling of the central library. Architectural historians have praised Post's design for blending technological innovation and graceful aesthetics. Inspired by the design of the Brooklyn Bridge, Post suspended the top floor of the building from iron trusses in the roof, creating an open and elegant reading room, which still is an active research library today. In July 1991, the building was recognized as a National Historic Landmark and included on the National Register of Historic Places. Portions of the interior, including the library, were made interior landmarks by the City of New York—a rare designation in Brooklyn. 15-20 minute tours during OHNY Weekend will highlight the building's architecture.
Access Notes: Very limited off-street parking is available, but it is recommended that visitors who drive to this site use an off-site parking garage.
Reservations for this tour are now sold out. Interested in exploring The architecture of Gilded Age starchitect George B. Post? You may also enjoy CCNY Great Hall, which requires no reservations! Click on the site’s name to check out its Open Access listing.
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