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Saturday, August 25, 2007

Audubon Center

Famed landscape architects Olmsted and Vaux, who designed Prospect Park in Brooklyn where this building is located, built the original Boathouse in 1876 as a rustic canopied structure on piers straddling the north end of the Lullwater. In 1905, it was replaced with the current Beaux Arts structure seen in the photo. Its design was inspired by the lower story of Sansovino's Library of St. Mark, built in 16th-century Venice. The white matte-glazed terra cotta facade is adorned with Tuscan columns capped with a balustrade. The building was relocated to the Lullwater's eastern edge to provide a vantage point for sunset views over the water. Targeted for demolition in the 1960s, the building was saved through community protest. The City of New York granted it landmark status in 1968, and it was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1972. The building underwent a four year, five million dollar renovation and opened as the nation's first urban Audubon Center on April 26, 2002, the birthdate of both John James Audubon and Frederick Law Olmsted. The center is the first of 1,000 nature education facilities to be built across the country by the year 2020, with a goal of reaching one in four schoolchildren nationwide ...

7 comments:

Clueless in boston said...

Gorgeous! I like the reflection and sense of serenity the photo imparts.

• Eliane • said...

Pretty, pretty, pretty!!! I agree with CIB, the reflection adds a bit of magic. I need to head to Brooklyn more.

Rambling Round said...

Beautful! A worthwhile project too.

Brian said...

clueless, eliane, rambling -
Thanks! It's a beautiful structure in a picture perfect spot.

Lucy said...

Very nice to have such an apparition in the middle of the city, in Brooklyn. It always feels like such a privilege to find places like that nearby in the park and in the city...

Chad said...

wonderful photo, great reflection

ehanson said...

Great photo. This is one of my favorite spots in Prospect Park besides the Brooklyn Botanical Gardens.