Brooklyn Historical Society

Brooklyn, NY

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Renovation of the historic museum, library, and education center, located on Pierrepont Street in Brooklyn, creating a preservation environment protecting the Society’s collection of artifacts from over 250 years of Brooklyn history.


Jan Hird Pokorny Architects and Planners, New York, NY (Owner’s Representative)


Brooklyn Historical Society, Brooklyn, NY


  • the 33,000 SF, 4 story building, built in the late 1800’s, is situated in the Brooklyn Heights Historic Distric and carries national and New York City Landmark status
  • a new classroom facility – The Historic Discovery Center
  • a new HVAC system to maintain precise temperature and humidity levels
  • new double glazed windows to reduce ultraviolet light
  • rewiring of the entire building with new electrical service
  • repair and restoration of brick chimneys, terra cotta ornamentation, slate roof, and bluestone paver sidewalks and curbs
  • scheduled as a three-phase project in order to minimize disruptions to ongoing activities

Special Interests

The building is one of the last remaining works of the renowned architect George B. Post. It is also the first major edifice on the East Coast to use locally produced terra cotta. Its facade is an integrated combination of stylistic elements with Queen Anne and Italian Renaissance influences.


Construction Management