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Title [Long Island Historical Society, Clinton and Pierrepont Streets]
Collection Long Island Historical Society photographs
Photographer Unknown
Image ID V1974.031.6
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Date 1950 ca.
Description Angled exterior view of the Brooklyn Historical Society at the corner of Clinton Street and Pierrepont Street, Brooklyn, New York.

Twelve reproductions of this image, labeled a-l

The Long Island Historical Society, 128 Pierrepont Street, Brooklyn Heights was built between 1878-80 by George B. Post, a leading New York architect of the time. The entensive use of terra cotta on the four-storey exterior, representing busts of great men of history, was the first such use of terra cotta in America. The busts chosen show a good deal about the nineteenth century goals of the Society, which in those days sought to collect all knowledge: on Pierrepont Street the bust of Columbus represents discovery, and that of Franklin represents science. On Clinton Street the four busts are Shakespeare (literature), Guttenberg (printing), Beethoven (music) and Michaelangelo (art). Today the Society's goals are to collect items of history and art relating to Brooklyn and Long Island. [printed on paper taped to the verso of duplicates c, d and i].
Place Names Brooklyn Heights (New York, N.Y.)
Brooklyn (New York, N.Y.)
Pierrepont Street (New York, N.Y.)
Clinton Street (Brooklyn, New York, N.Y.)
128 Pierrepont Street
Subject Headings Architectural details
Street lamps
Personal and Corporate Names Long Island Historical Society
Brooklyn Historical Society (Brooklyn, New York, N.Y.)