The Queen Anne-style building features a truss system to support the ceiling of the central library, as well as terra cotta ornamentation on the façade of the building that includes busts of Christopher Columbus, Benjamin Franklin, William Shakespeare, Johannes Gutenberg, Ludwig van Beethoven, and Michelangelo Buonarrti. In 1991, the building was recognized as a National Historical Landmark. Brooklyn Historical Society has a newly processed collection that includes the submitted drawings for the competition (including 33 submitted by Post), which can be viewed here.
This photograph is by Ernest Tanare and was commissioned by the Long Island Historical Society. It is part of the Long Island Historical Society photographs collection that features photographs from 1925 to 1980 relating to the Society’s historic building, as well as activities of the Long Island Historical Society. A large portion of the photographs in this collection focus on the exterior, interior, and details of the building. To see more photographs from this collection be sure to check out this gallery.
Interested in seeing more photos from BHS’s collection? Visit our online image gallery, which includes a selection of our images. Interested in seeing even more historic Brooklyn images? Visit our Brooklyn Visual Heritage website here. To search BHS’s entire collection of images, archives, maps, and special collections visit BHS’s Othmer Library Wed-Sat, 1:00-5:00 p.m. firstname.lastname@example.org