As Blogger Ambassadors for Partners in Preservation, sponsored by American Express, in partnership with the National Trust for Historic Preservation, awards preservation grants to historic places across the country, we will be posting our historical site picks to win $3 million in grants. The $3 million dollars in grants to go toward renovation, site expansion, or basic maintenance. Today we are voting for The Brooklyn Public Library site.
The Brooklyn Public Library at Grand Army Plaza in New York is the fifth largest library in the United States containing over a million cataloged books, magazines, and multimedia materials. Building of the Central Library began in 1912 and was completed in 1941. Today it’s regarded as one of America’s greatest art deco buildings.
Central Library Renovation Project
Grant funds will support full replacement of the original 1937 main entry doors at Central Library. The bronze and glass doors, including two sets of double doors and a central revolving door with four leaves, provide the base for the 50‘x20’ entrance to the landmark building. The doors and supporting hardware have undergone numerous repairs during their 70-year lifespan and will be replaced using historically sensitive materials and methods.
In advance of the six-month project period, and using separate funding, Toshiko Mori Architect will design and provide specifications for the replacement of Central Library’s severely deteriorated bronze and glass front entry doors. Toshiko Mori Architect is currently managing the redesign and renovation of the adjacent Grand Lobby and Entrance Hall spaces, as well as the new Information Commons, and will ensure a cohesive and unified design for these significant Central Library spaces.
The new doors will be fabricated to exactly resemble the originals, which after 70 years of heavy usage are in extremely deteriorated condition and no longer able to be repaired. All visible parts of the replacement doors will be built with a statutory bronze finish similar to that of the originals in order to blend in with the building’s magnificent Art Modern Façade and signature glass curtain wall that rises from above the triple doors. The existing door pulls and hardware will be refurbished and reused as feasible, or replaced with custom-built new versions, if necessary. -NYC Economic Development Corp. and the NYC Dept. of Housing Preservation and Development
We are huge advocates of making sure that one of the biggest libraries is preserved. A library is the only public place where you can access a plethora of free collections of books, periodicals, newspapers, pamphlets, prints, records, and tapes. Not to mention we have frequented the Brooklyn Public Library many times growing up and it is our favorite library!
The Brooklyn Public Library is one of 40 historic sites all competing for the $3 million in grants, so make sure you vote for them or another historic location daily through May 21, 2012 at PartnersinPreservation.com or Facebook.com/PartnersinPreservation.
Vote now for any of these sites below
PARTNERS IN PRESERVATION Sites:
- Alice Austen House Museum, Staten Island
- Apollo Theater, Manhattan
- Astoria Pool, Queens
- Bartow-Pell Mansion Museum, Bronx
- Brooklyn Public Library, Central Library, Brooklyn
- Brown Memorial Baptist Church, Brooklyn
- Caribbean Cultural Center, Manhattan
- City Island Nautical Museum, Bronx
- Cleopatra’s Needle, Manhattan
- Coney Island B&B Carousell, Brooklyn
- Congregation Beth Elohim, Brooklyn
- Duo Multicultural Arts Center, Manhattan
- Ellis Island Hospital Complex, Manhattan
- Erasmus Hall Campus, Brooklyn
- Federal Hall National Memorial, Manhattan
- Flushing Town Hall, Queens
- Gateway National Recreation Area, Brooklyn
- Greenpoint Manufacturing and Design Center, Brooklyn
- Guggenheim Museum, Manhattan
- Helen Hayes Theatre, Manhattan
- Henry Street Settlement, Manhattan
- High Line, Manhattan
- Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum, Manhattan
- Japan Society, Inc., Manhattan
- Jefferson Market Library, Manhattan
- Louis Armstrong House Museum, Queens
- Lower East Side Tenement Museum, Manhattan
- Mind-Builders Creative Arts Center, Bronx
- Museum of the City of New York, Manhattan
- New York Botanical Garden, Bronx
- Our Lady of Mount Carmel Society of Rosebank, Staten Island
- Queens County Farm Museum, Queens
- Rocket Thrower, Queens
- Rossville African Methodist Episcopal Zion Church, Staten Island
- Smithsonian National Museum of the American Indian, Manhattan
- St. Mark’s Church in the Bowery, Manhattan
- Staten Island Museum at Snug Harbor, Staten Island
- Tug Pegasus & Waterfront Museum Barge, Brooklyn
- Weeksville Heritage Center, Brooklyn
- Woodlawn Cemetery, Bronx
***Disclosure: We have partnered up with Partners in Preservation as a blog ambassador to help spread the word and raise awareness of select historical sites throughout the tri-state area. Though we are compensated for my time, I have not been instructed to express any particular point of view. All opinions expressed here are strictly my own.